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Officiousness is worse than totalitarianism

Let me put a little part of myself at stake. I’ll redirect some management fire towards myself and try to explain why doing more and enforcing to do so does exactly the opposite. And drive everyone around closer to that thin line marking where inner peace transforms into berserk rage. The key assumption is: doing […]

Ready? Aim. Fire!

I’m not much of a person making New Year’s resolutions. Mostly, I avoid making them because I assume I won’t be able to fulfil them. Last year was different, though. I decided, for the first time in my life, to set up a goal for my career and follow it. What happened that I changed […]

Do not breach an open door

Take a close look at a set of certain practices at one of the world’s top strategic consulting companies (they’ve advised most companies from Fortune 50, 100, 500, 1000, and they don’t advertise – they don’t have to). First of all, they keep a browsable database of “clean” reports from past projects (clean means no […]

The evolution of a team – part 5

  It’s a kind of magic. “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek, Poet and Peace Activist. “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land, American scientist, inventor and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. You have just reached the Holy Grail of ‘Team Developers’. […]

Back the heck up!

Some years ago I noticed personal ad inside a bus shelter about lost laptop, with a reward guaranteed if found (someone had left it accidentally in that particular one). Begging tone did not mention value of the hardware. It was crying out loss of two years of work – files with the owner’s Master’s Thesis. […]

You have to either know how to deal with a situation, or it deals with you

“Let it go” philosophy lures with a romantic promise of relieve, but in Support things left for themselves always go the wrong direction. Nine times out of ten this wrong direction is “up” (in a chain of command) and it eventually ends high enough to go down on you in a hard way. When dealing […]

The evolution of a team – part 4

Ok. Maybe we need some ground rules. “Most conduct is guided by norms rather than by laws. Norms are voluntary and are effective because they are enforced by peer pressure.” ― Sir Paul Collier, CBE and Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. From my […]

The evolution of a team – part 3

Sturm und Drang “Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.” – M. Scott Peck “Hey, I have an issue with my new team. Last week they were all exchanging stories about their previous projects, smiling and walking to lunch together and now they are all speaking ill of each other, shouting and now two guys have […]

The evolution of a team – part 2

It’s nice to meet you. Let’s be friends “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln I must refer back to my example in my previous blog post – The evolution of a team Part 1. You gather a group of people to perform a task, a project […]

The evolution of a team – part 1

I am writing this series of blog posts to help managers, leaders or a servant-leaders understand the situations (and reasons behind them) that they can face while working with a group of people – specifically those related to the stages of group development process. It will not be an easy-to-read, ‘silver bullet type’ series. However, […]