The Blog

Gradual fabrication of thoughts while writing.

Boy Scouts and Coffee Kitchen Officers

Per­son­al­ized respon­si­bil­i­ty in the form of a “sin­gle wringable neck” is the means of choice when it comes to reli­ably shap­ing coop­er­a­tion in orga­ni­za­tions. With each such role, how­ev­er, the lev­el of orga­nized irre­spon­si­bil­i­ty increases. 

Integrity Over Charisma

Good lead­er­ship requires integri­ty more than charis­ma. Integri­ty cre­ates a cli­mate of safe­ty in which peo­ple can thrive, while charis­ma often leads to com­pla­cen­cy and arro­gance and keeps peo­ple small and dependent.

Leadership is Relationship

Lead­er­ship takes place in and through rela­tion­ships — lead­er­ship is rela­tion­ship. We deter­mine whether these are filled with fear or with equal dig­ni­ty, the counter-pro­pos­al to the author­i­tar­i­an edu­ca­tion of the Dan­ish fam­i­ly ther­a­pist Jes­per Juul, which can very well be trans­ferred to oth­er lead­er­ship relationships.

The Eighth Type of Waste

Unused human poten­tial is often referred to as the eighth type of waste in Lean Man­age­ment. And right­ly so, because it is the cre­ativ­i­ty of “ordi­nary” work­ers that enables the con­tin­u­ous improve­ment and elim­i­na­tion of the clas­si­cal sev­en types of waste.

The Crux of Meetings

Just like T., the pro­tag­o­nist in last week’s frag­ment of my nov­el “On the Handrail into the Deci­­sion-Mak­ing Cir­cle”, many peo­ple are con­front­ed with the same sit­u­a­tion several…

Complex or Complicated?

The naive and intu­itive use of lan­guage some­times mix­es and over­lays things that should be clear­ly dis­tin­guished. Pop­u­lar among edi­tors are, for exam­ple, the terms appar­ent­ly and seemingly.…

In Titanic’s Ballroom

Sever­al so called agile trans­for­ma­tions ulti­mate­ly end with peo­ple danc­ing rock ’n’ roll instead of a slow waltz in Titanic’s ball­room and some beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed deckchairs. And even if…

Man as Perpetually Wanting Animal

Success­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion in the age of knowl­edge work, espe­cial­ly in agile organ­i­sa­tions with their high degree of self-organ­i­sa­­tion and self-respon­si­­bil­i­­ty, depends to a large extent on the assump­tions about…

Setting Standards in Agile Organizations

Agili­ty requires ori­en­ta­tion. It’s exact­ly this align­ment that enables effec­tive auton­o­my and decen­tral­ized deci­sions, which make agile orga­ni­za­tions so adapt­able. But agili­ty also requires com­mon stan­dards and conventions…

I have a dream!

The yearn­ing for a new and bet­ter form of respect­ful and there­by prof­itable coop­er­a­tion between peo­ple is greater than ever. Indus­tri­al­iza­tion and Tay­lorism have trans­formed humans into resources. Initially…