Why Nothing Happens Overnight - Especially, Self-Management

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Why Nothing Happens Overnight - Especially, Self-Management

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Agile as a concept might have once been the forte of the software industry. But now, industries across the board have realized the value of letting teams operate like micro-organizations that are autonomous and self-reliant. Today, there’s a huge repository of research that confirms the positive effects of allowing teams to self-steer, with minimal or no interference from the management. Agile teams help organizations respond faster and nimbly to the dynamic changes of today’s markets. Having busted through the proverbial bureaucratic red tape, agile teams can cut to the chase and solve problems as and when they emerge.

Dictatorship - The Real Secret Behind Democracy

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Dictatorship - The Real Secret Behind Democracy

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Human beings don’t like change, and in many ways working in a hierarchical organization is a comfortable way to work. People might passionately complain about the company structure or the methods of management. But, the hierarchy allows them to be free from taking up any real responsibility.It leaves them with neither the power nor the will to do anything about the sources of their woes. In a conventional organization, every day might be predictable and uninspiring too - but, there are no surprises pushing people out of their comfort zones. 

Can Staff Departments Truly Take A Step Back?

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Can Staff Departments Truly Take A Step Back?

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When you are moving from a traditional hierarchy to a more agile setup, it is important that teams learn to take ownership of problems. By empowering teams to solve their issues as much as possible, the organization can eliminate lethargy and create momentum. While this may seem counterintuitive, especially in areas which require specialist knowledge like finance or human resources (HR), there are many responsibilities that are parked under these areas in traditional setups that could be better handled by the teams themselves.  

How To Solve Problems In An Agile Environment

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How To Solve Problems In An Agile Environment

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When an organization moves from being a traditional hierarchy into self-management, it’s a moment of great flux for managers: There isn’t enough clarity on what exactly their role is within this new agile environment. As people who are used to being in-charge of all matters concerning their teams, managers find it extremely hard to adapt to their new role on the sidelines.

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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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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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.

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