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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Semco Style Institute
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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?

Let Them Chase Those Dreams

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Let Them Chase Those Dreams

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Ian Borges
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Everyone always believes retirement is when they’d have more time to do what they’ve always wanted to do. People don’t have the time, energy or the money to pursue their personal aspirations during their prime years. So, they box up their dreams, like learning to play the guitar, writing a book or going rock climbing, and label them for post-retirement. However, these dreams often fail to get realized because priorities change by the time retirement rolls around. People might not have the same level of energy or they might not be healthy enough to pursue their goals.

The Nonsense Behind Semco’s Transformation

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The Nonsense Behind Semco’s Transformation

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Ian Borges
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Meetings are the lifeblood of every organization but increasingly, there have been rousing battle cries to do away with meetings, which are considered a drain on resources and time. Yet, not all meetings are created equal. Welcome to "Heavenly Beekeeping"! Companies excel at setting multiple meetings when it concerns profits. Unfortunately, other important aspects of the business don’t get discussed properly although they have a direct bearing on how the business performs. Topics that focus on motivation, participation, and integration amongst people - all of which have a long-term impact on company performance - are overlooked because of the short-term focus on the bottom line or meeting shareholder interests.

All Work And No Play Makes Anyone A Dull Employee

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All Work And No Play Makes Anyone A Dull Employee

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Ian Borges
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In the corporate rat race, it’s important for people to take a breath, pause and celebrate the good things in life. Besides creating a fun, positive environment at work, it also makes employees feel like they are there not just to work, but to interact and build meaningful relationships as well. People are responsible and fun at home and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be the same way at work. Keeping it too formal and engaging only in official activities often dampens the positive attitude in the workspace.

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