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Continuous vs. Discrete – a Leadership Discussion

Identify, Define, Execute Is leadership as simple as the headline suggest? Do you simply identify a problem, define a strategy or a solution to address it and then execute? Is the problem then gone? I worked in an organization many years ago that had a very strong management culture. Within this strong leadership culture, we… Continue reading Continuous vs. Discrete – a Leadership Discussion

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A Philosophical Approach to ‘Someone Else’s Problem

Someone Else’s Problem From Wikipedia: Douglas Adams‘s 1982 novel Life, the Universe and Everything (in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series) introduces the idea of an “SEP field” as a kind of cloaking device. The character Ford Prefect says, An SEP is something we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think… Continue reading A Philosophical Approach to ‘Someone Else’s Problem

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Some Thinking Behind My Current Coaching Strategy

Based on some conversations the first weeks back from vacation I’ve started questioning what I’m doing, how I’m doing it and how I’m adding value. So I thought I’d spend some time on thinking and clarifying that to myself. First of all I’m working under the assumption that the MVP deadline we have is the… Continue reading Some Thinking Behind My Current Coaching Strategy

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What organizations can (should) learn from Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

I had the honor of attending an open meeting with Narcotics Anonymous this weekend. My sister was receiving her badge for her 13th year anniversary. Very proud of her. Since this is a very large part of her life, she really wanted me and our little sister to be there and experience this together with… Continue reading What organizations can (should) learn from Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

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3 challenges your mission statement could help you with.

I had some quick thoughts on how a good mission statement can help. Challenge: The absence of leadership This is one of the things that I experience regularly. The perceived absence of leadership. If you are an individual in a formal leadership position, this is your job, to provide leadership. However, it is also to… Continue reading 3 challenges your mission statement could help you with.

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‘Undesirable’ behaviour…?

Part of the job of a coach when trying to helping an organization to move from one state to another is to identify behaviour that is productive or counterproductive. When you observe counterproductive behaviour and raise this a concern to stakeholders in this transition between states you are sometimes met with a lack of understanding… Continue reading ‘Undesirable’ behaviour…?

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…agile project setup within a rather waterfall shaped organisation…

The “fun” part of being a consultant/contractor is when you get to attempt to answer seemingly arbitrary questions in a RFP. This is especially fun when it comes to the topic of agility. Here is one such attempt from myself: RFP Section 5 – Methodology : Refer your experience of an agile project setup within a… Continue reading …agile project setup within a rather waterfall shaped organisation…