Disorganizers have bruises from their fights and muscle from the experimentation and small victories. We know how to make things happen and lead the emergent edge of the organizations we serve. Because we have fallen down so many times (and got back … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 48: Commiserate.
Finally, the data is starting to roll-in about exactly what has changed for the #WFH crowd, other than “everything.” Microsoft has been chewing on the dataset from one of their large teams, and it has some fascinating insights into how … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 19: 5 Data Points From WFH.
The value of network effects have been proven in workplaces. The more interconnected we are, the more likely it is that projects will succeed, that institutional muscle memory grows. There are many ways to grow organizational networks, and here’s one … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 33: Coffee-A-Go-Go.
Some fascinating HBR research from the front line of #WFH business continuity: MORE COMMUNICATION, please and thank you. Employees need clarity. REDUNDANT communication – more channels, more time on the channels. Leaders need to free up their schedule to talk with their teams – … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 18: How Can I Help?
Here’s another guarantee. There are people just like you, trying to do the same work – in other organizations. Nothing you are doing is unique (sorry). And! Guaranteed! Some of these people will be way ahead of you on the … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 25: Kith and Kin (Outsiders).
Many people will not get you at work – guaranteed. They’ll roll their eyes, make some gentle joke at your expense. Maybe you will be politically sidelined. Two choices: Time for a new job (yep); or scan the company for … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 24: Kith and Kin (Insiders).
Meander. It’s a great word. It just sounds right. I first came across the word studying geography at school. A river meanders, gently swerving this way and that; the water slowly removing and depositing the earth of its banks as … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.6: Meander
Outreach. In March COVID times (y’know, back in the day), friends reported that work was crazy, and hours were long. I chilled at home, reading and writing, keeping a low profile. In the last week, I decided to dip my … Continue reading COVID Diaries: Week 9
Kids have a way of working us over. Children – well, ours anyway – have an innate sense of when to strike. They know, when we are weak and distracted, it is time to emerge from their screen time and … Continue reading COVID19 Diaries: Week 3
If you have undertaken the Myers-Briggs personality test, probably the most recalled moniker of the 4 archetypes is E for Extrovert vs. I for Introvert. It seems to be the out-group separation that most people orient around. In earlier years, I … Continue reading Are you an E or an I?
I sent a newsletter out this week. Something new here, nothing new in itself. Just an attempt to connect the dots differently for people around the organization. It took me a few hours to work through the logistics, but I … Continue reading Week 17: Communication challenges and opportunities
Communications is sometimes about obfuscation, but that’s not the fun part of the job. Risk mitigation requires gritted teeth and a steely demeanour. Much more rewarding is ‘opening the kimono,’ letting the wonders of the organization shine brightly and warm … Continue reading Week 16: GIGO – Garbage in, garbage out.