Category Archives: Organization

Systems thinking for learning

Bryan Hopkins: Learning and Performance Make use of this chance for a low-cost pre-order of the book – now even more advantageous due to the low exchange rate for the British pounds! I will get back with a review of … Continue reading

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Why GE had to kill its annual performance reviews after more than three decades

“…we think over many years it had become more a ritual than moving the company upwards and forwards”. This is what happens to many ideologies in companies – either they are never believed and quickly dies out, or they are … Continue reading

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Everybody will make their own path

The title is a cite taken from a comment to a post today at LinkedIn. The post was by one of my connections and was about various things he didn’t like too much about LinkedIn and which he suggested them to … Continue reading

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Seeing everything clearly from a moment of observation

Many years ago, a great book was written: “The Fifth Discipline”, by Peter Senge. I didn’t read it then – have read it only recently – but I understand how important this book and its thoughts have been for the development … Continue reading

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Easy Collaboration and Successful Projects

Why Projects Fail It is quite funny, actually, how almost all talking around project management is focused on methods and frameworks like Prince2, PMBoK, and IPMA. But when you ask project managers why their project failed they almost always mention … Continue reading

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The Mythical Specialist

As a consultant I often hear people tell about their needs for “a specialist” in one or another topic. They might need a specialist in Windows or in Project Management, but no matter what they are looking for, they are … Continue reading

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The Games We Play – And other stories

When you step into your office, the games begin. Apart from various rituals that could be considered kind of games – like saying “good morning” – there are more abstract and sometimes quite childish games in play at work. The first one … Continue reading

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The Four Types and their Hovering Leader

Being Genuine Requires Honesty – To Yourself Reducing complexity During recent years, leadership has been through a revision: instead of just copying the archetype (or rather stereotype) of a strong leader, any leader is now expected to find and show … Continue reading

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Organisational Happiness

If you want to be happy… If you want to be happy for just a while – there are many things that will make you smile. Life’s passing pleasures lie all around and there’s many a brief joy to be … Continue reading

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The KISS of Death – How Simplicity Can Ruin Everything

“Keep It Simple, Stupid!” is a motto with many followers. The funny thing about the KISS principle is that it sounds right, but it isn’t!

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The Formula for Successful Change and Projects

During the last few days I posted philosophies and real world stories alike, and the most striking thing when looking at all of it together is that it doesn’t sum up to one worldview! So what was it all about? Did I … Continue reading

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Change is a direction – not a goal

When an organization decides to change it is important to understand, first of all, who is deciding? If the whole organization is supposed to change – then the whole organization should make the decision! That way everybody can cooperate on … Continue reading

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Did you deliberately murder the project?

The world is full of problems. Why? We keep looking for answers, and we certainly find some – but as we keep looking in the wrong places we will never find the right answers. A project might be tying people together … Continue reading

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Inspiration for Adidas – how should they build a learning organization?

“Organizations do not learn – people do”, someone said. But people in the organization do share the knowledge gained from learning, and in this respect the organization may acquire and structure knowledge and thereby learn. The core of working with … Continue reading

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Philosopher’s Stone – The Formula for Everything!

First published in Danish at No Crisis-bloggen. It is no small thing, a new management or process improvement method can accomplish! Typically it can solve all problems, as easy as pie. As long as you master a few simple tools, … Continue reading

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