Four Things That Every Self-Managed Team Needs To Be Successful

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Four Things That Every Self-Managed Team Needs To Be Successful

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Koen de Boer
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Imagine you work in an organization that’s in the twilight zone between traditional management and self-management. The company has decided to try out this new “wonder medicine” called self-management and you’re now suddenly responsible for your own goals and results. Feeling confused or maybe even anxious? You’re not alone. Many organizations that have started thinking of self-management as a new organizational mode, are doing so without really equipping their teams to handle the change. They either sack the complete management or say the managers need to transform into coaches.

Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend

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Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend

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Veronique Kilian
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The Seven-Day Weekend gives us an inside perspective into Semler’s psyche. I see similarities with CEOs that I have interviewed. Just like Semler, they focus on happiness in their organization. “People that are happy at work have IQ plus EQ plus SQ minus ego,” Semler states. These people are able to do what is good for them, for their colleagues and for their clients by letting go of control and working with enormous creativity and dedication. Semler refers to people that have an entrepreneurial mindset and does away with the stereotypical MBA graduate who has been taught to be competitive, and above all to think from his own perspective and put himself first. At the same time, we all have our human quirks. Even direct employees of Semler’s had difficulty with his vigorous ideas, as this candid story shows. In 2003, when this book was first published, he was essentially advocating a paradigm shift in thinking. Despite the resistance it evoked, the business success of the Semco company still ensured an interest in the efficiency of happiness. It could be said that he has described his experiences as a precursor of a number of things which have become more commonplace nowadays, such as flexible working hours, the new way of working and self-managing teams.

The Importance Of Taking The Time To Introspect

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The Importance Of Taking The Time To Introspect

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Ian Borges
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This summer, I spent an entire month interacting with our team in Amsterdam through a range of activities and exercises. The idea was to take a step back and do a deep internal alignment and to come up with a clearer vision around our what, why and how. We wanted to identify our key initiatives, settle on a prioritization plan focussing our energies on coming up with a social contract and well-defined roles and responsibilities. We also created a master calendar that put a tentative date on all our key initiatives. As an organization, it was important for us to reflect upon why we exist, how we plan to impact the world with our ideas, what are our main initiatives, how we prioritize and deal with them in our daily lives.

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