It wouldn’t be a complete month on our blog without some political posts, because work is political in the 21st Century
If one person is to blame for shareholder capitalism, it’s not Jack Welch, it’s Milton Friedman.
Optimism is a duty. The future is open. It is not predetermined. No one can predict it, except by chance. We all contribute to determining it by what we do. We are all equally responsible for its success.
– Karl Popper
There were the usual posts about work and management:
What Great Remote Managers Do Differently, HBR. I’m going to quote at length. Read the article. It reinforces everything we say at Teal Unicorn.
Organisations expend so much money and effort on measuring and reviewing people like work machines, when it could be better spent in supporting them in their own self improvement. People know what they want and need to be better at, especially those working in a healthy team.
I’m reminded of nations that use guns and bombs to “liberate” countries instead of winning hearts and minds with healthcare and education.
You can’t build teams. Only teams can build teams. People aren’t bricks.
We can facilitate, support, coach, advise … but the team builds the team. They’re grownup peers.
Here’s an idea for thinking differently about Backlog.
if your service providers give you poor service what can you do to fix them? I take a systemic view: it is seldom solely the service provider’s fault.
And about consulting
When I started out in consulting, I thought I had to show how much I know.
That has several negative effects, but there were even worse dysfunctions lurking.
Continuing our series on our personal world, Teal Life
People ask how we make working together successful.
And for a little humour:
It’s time to resurrect an old character from my IT Skeptic blog, the troubadour Rambling Kid Realitsm [bonus points for those who can spot the classic comedy reference], who has changed his name to Rambling Sid Open-o, to bring back his old hit, “Changin’”