Why You're Wrong About Self-Management

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Why You're Wrong About Self-Management

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Ian Borges
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Agile or self-steering teams are no longer restricted just to the realm of software or IT: Instead, it’s a new management mindset that’s finding more takers and believers every day. However, there’s a huge void between aspiring to become agile and actually being agile as an organization. A recent Deloitte survey of senior executives revealed that almost all respondents (94%) felt being agile and collaborative were among their top priorities to ensure organizational success. However, only a meager 6% of respondents could say that they were truly agile now. So, why the gap?

What Great Ideas Need to Survive

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What Great Ideas Need to Survive

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Ian Borges
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Businesses need ideas, not just for solving problems but also to keep growing. While most companies look outside for ideas, not too many look within. It’s a simple, yet, powerful way of empowering your employees and finding what the business requires at the same time. There’s never a dearth of ideas among employees, but it’s not all that easy for each of those ideas to see the light of day. That’s because people are often worried about bypassing authority to reach the relevant stakeholders; or, they simply give up after trying in vain to overcome all the bureaucratic red tape.

11 Steps To Building And Developing Great Self-Organized Teams

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11 Steps To Building And Developing Great Self-Organized Teams

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Koen de Boer
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In organizations that want to become more self-organized,and less hierarchical, the quality of their teams is a key element of success. But, how do you build a solid team? How do you create a team that is able to take its own decisions and act autonomously? In this two-part article, we’ll explain what it takes to build a strong team, from an organizational design perspective, and we’ll address how teams can continue to develop once they are self-organized.

The top 5 questions you must ask yourself before implementing self-management

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The top 5 questions you must ask yourself before implementing self-management

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Koen de Boer
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From large banks to small tech start-ups and from healthcare giants to engineering companies: more and more organizations are discovering the power of small, self-managing teams. That can be a good way to work faster and more customer-oriented. However, in our advisory practice we encounter painful mistakes and stranded projects on a regular basis. To help you achieve self-management success, we’ve written a series of articles addressing the five main questions you need to ask yourself before embarking on a transformation towards self-management.

Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

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Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

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What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?

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