Category Archives: Management

Steve Denning on the power shift from producer power to consumer/user power

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Andrea Tomasini on the Agile Organization.  Well worth a read.

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If you are an Empty Suit….: how can you look @ yourself in the mirror…?

Out of curiosity: A poll targeting all the Empty Suits, i.e. the MBA’s, sales guys, project leaders, managers, and marketing managers etc, all those who ‘govern’ businesses or operations, but without having a clue about those businesses or the customer’s, … Continue reading

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Do we really need managers in our businesses ?

My boss, a person I respect very much,  retired last summer. Good for him. Over the past 8 or so months, for various reasons,  there’s not been a replacement assuming my former boss’es responsibilities. However, the business and the daily … Continue reading

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Selling technology to tech savvy customers – how not to do it.

There’ something fundamentally wrong with traditional, established and ‘proven’ sales processes when applied to tech deep & savvy customers. Those sales processes that might have been appropriate and successful in the past, when your customer’s knew significantly less about systems, … Continue reading

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Culture eats process for breakfast

Another great presentation by Henrik Kniberg, “Culture over Process” , among other things clearly demonstating that the lessons from Dan Pink’s Drive are fundamental for sustained performance, productivity, and adaptability. Culture matters vastly more for outcomes than any process. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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A great summary of what Agile is (and isn’t) by Henrik Kniberg

I just found this pdf, where Henrik Kniberg provides a brilliant summary, in terms of content as well as in terms of presentation, of what Agile is and what it means. And what it isn’t…. (I know we all start to … Continue reading

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The essence of command & control organisation & management

(strip from Dilbert.com) I found the statement below on Thinkpurpose blog  – IMO an excellent summary of the essence of command & control management philosophy: “That people can’t be trusted, that people higher up the chain have a wider strategic … Continue reading

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A litmus test for job satisfaction

Have you ever felt a bit uneasy about your job or the organisation you work for, but been unable to explain why, over and above by giving specific concrete examples of “functional stupidity”? Well, if so, here’s an easy test … Continue reading

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Siemens lays off 15,000—this is what happens when you put a CFO in charge

No surprises here… Yet another Empty Suit solely focusing on short term shareholder value.

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