Today marks the 2nd anniversary of my blogging hobby! It has been a fun and interesting endeavour that has allowed me to discuss various concepts with people all over the world, and within my organization. Blogging forces me to crystallize my thoughts and perspective on some important aspects of my leadership style, my coaching abilities and my personal development.
Thanks to all of you who are reading my posts and comment (in person or in writing) on the posted topics. The number of readers have tripled in the last year and the number of Twitter followers has gone from 0 to 200 - if you’re not already one of them, send me some positive vibes and start following me :)
If you like what you have been reading, don’t hesitate to link to my posts and even maybe include me in your blog roll. Thanks to those who have been tweeting and re-tweeting my posts.
If you haven’t been following my blog since the beginning, you may want to read my top 10 blog posts:
Now let’s get back to writing…
On the importance of creating the right organizational culture (Thanks to Andrew)
By the time we got to 100 people, even though we hired people with the right skill sets and experiences, I just dreaded getting out of bed in the morning and was hitting that snooze button over and over again Corner Office – Tony Hsieh of Zappos – Celebrate Individuality – Question – NYTimes.com.
On why an Agile approach is better suited to deliver value (Thanks to Alfonso)
Most organizations that depend on software are struggling to transform their lifecycle model from a “development” focus to a “delivery” focus. This subtle distinction in wording represents a dramatic change in the principles that are driving the management philosophy and the governance models – Improving Software Economics
On the meaning of Agile transformation for managers
What many people mistakenly do is equate agile project management with doing more work, with less documentation and fewer people. Although the premise is to get more done in a more favorable way, I have never met a team that could successfully implement agile principles without having to slow down first - VersionOne – Agile Adoption For Managers.
On the fact that the true value of an organization is not mapped via its organizational chart
But it’s not the fact that you have many more boxes and lines that I’m most envious of. It’s your “white space” I want – Oh, Yeah? Well, My Org Chart is Bigger and More Beautiful Than Yours!
On the need to manage self-organized teams when required
The interesting thing is, the further we go into agile management territory the less typical the managerial job we expect. Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional, and sometimes we think a manager should just get out of the way. By the way, surprisingly often this is exactly the best choice. But whenever one of the asshole-moments is needed, it is time to show up and do what has to be done. Otherwise the atmosphere starts rotting as people wait for someone who will fix things. Someone who will do something about this guy adding a new technology every time he reads some nice article. Someone who will deal with that lass taking a few days off because she doesn’t really care about the project being late and the team working their butts off to get back on the right track. That’s always a job for a manager, and a harsh one, no matter how self-organized the team is - Good Managers Sometimes Have to Play Assholes – NOOP.NL.
In Build Your Self Confidence Like a Leader, Marshall Goldsmith talks about self-confidence in a leader and the associated 5 key attributes:
- Don’t worry about being perfect,
- Learn to live with failure,
- After you make the final decision — commit!,
- Show courage on the outside — even if you don’t always feel it on the inside, and
- Find happiness and contentment in your work.
Tony Morgan published 10 reasons why you’re going to fail! – he shares his thoughts on common reasons why failure happens.
Dan MacCarthy shares his Leadership Development Carnival and inline with my series of posts on “Communities“, Jurgen Appelo published Self-Organization vs. Emergence while Eric D. Brown published his links for November 1st.
Finally, George Ambler referred to Forbes’ list of The Most Influential Business Thinkers. Although the names on the list are debatable, it is an interesting list nonetheless.
Steve Roesler has a great post. “The Four Things Every Employee Wants to Know” is simple and accurate. They are easy questions to remember and would make a huge difference in increasing your employees’ job satisfaction.
Want to know “the most important skills needed to be an effective global leader“?. Dan McCarthy explains why Ethics, Honesty, Transparency, Integrity, Humility, Respect, Flexibility, and Collaboration are the most important.
“Organisational Design, Development and Change” presents various organizational structures.
The common theme for these blog posts – leadership and people management.
John Baldoni explains How to Manage Your High-Performing Team.
Bret L. Simmons talks about Employee Engagement.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett uses Apple as an example in Inspire Employees at the Grass-Roots Level.
Along the same line as an earlier post I wrote, Tara Lee Whitaker demonstrates that using an Agile approach (Lean or Scrum) allows you to start realising the benefit of your work before the project is officially ‘finished’.
Mike Cottmeyer highlights the challenges of not defining what “Done” means.
ANTHONY TJAN provides Four Simple Ways to Make Your Employees Happier – Help her create a meaningful role, Give feedback, Offer professional development, and Say thank you.
Scott McArthur also discusses happy employees = performing employees.
JOHN BALDONI provides information on How to Make People Passionate About Their Work.
Henrik Mårtensson talks about Performance Evaluations, Business Strategy, and Agile Methodologies which is related to the perception issue I raise in a recent post.
Eric D. Brown provides suggestions to Mind the gap between Strategy and Tactics.
Bret L. Simmons brings up something counter-intuitive in his post – Optimism: Too Much of a Good Thing for Entrepreneurs?