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 secret power of introversion

Our culture values extraversion. It’s obvious. “Don’t just sit at home alone! Go out and play!” – parents tend to say to their children from an early age. “He/she is so small but so wordy! He/she will definitely succeed!” can be heard at schools or in the streets. Everywhere we can hear that only people […]

Ten to rule them all

I could write an article on how to perform well in support, but telling an Administrator how to do things doesn’t tend to turn out well (“When is the Administrator right? Always kid, always”). However, in this business, sticking to a set of rules sounds like a good survival plan. Let me introduce you to […]

Collaboration

Recently, I was asked to speak at an event about collaboration. The format was 5 by 10 (5 speakers with 10 minutes each and no slides) and was arranged by Alsbridge. It was an interesting format because it made me think hard about collaboration and how we try to create the conditions where it’s a […]

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, […]

Looking pretty versus being smart

When creating a chart, there tends to be two main reasons for doing so: to better understand the data at hand OR, having already drawn conclusions from the data, wanting to visually share the story that the data tells with others. While graphs for explanatory analysis can be merely drafts, those telling the story should […]