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Experimenting with Better Workshops

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:43
Workshop Experiments

The first two workshops were a bit scary! (Well, for me they were.) As a facilitator, I’m trying many things for the first time. Some things work, some things don’t. That’s a good thing. The idea of exploration is, when half of the experiments fail, you’re learning as fast as possible.

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Categories: Project Management

Read a Book! Or Two.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:08
Read a Book

I started running. Again.

But unlike previous (failed) attempts, this time, I want to do it right. This time, I intend to learn. That’s why I recently read The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. Instead of just going for a run whenever I feel in the mood (which is almost never), I wanted to understand how to really make running part of my daily habits. Thanks to the book, I understand what to do now. My next challenge is to look for inspiration on why to keep running, which is the reason I’m reading Eat and Run. The next book on my list is the brilliantly titled Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel.

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Categories: Project Management

Flexible Work Areas Should Be Enjoyable Work Areas

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 15:52
flexible-work-areas

In Brussels, I have my favorite coffee house (Karsmakers) and my favorite chair (the big one on the right). Sadly, I cannot always have it. Sometimes, there’s someone else sitting in my chair. When this happens, I usually pick another spot in the café with a clear view on my chair; I give the people in my chair the evil eye whenever they glance in my direction; and when they get up to leave, I immediately jump up to claim my chair and I scatter my belongings all around it. If I were a dog, I might pee against the plant standing beside it.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Earn Your Medal

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:20
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I was 11 years old when I participated in our small town’s annual four-day swimathon. It was less spectacular than it sounds: kids committed to swim 20 lanes in an Olympic-size swimming pool, four nights in a row, and at the end of the last night they all received a medal. I received a medal as well, but I didn’t feel good about it. I had cheated.

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Categories: Project Management

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and… Finland

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:38
helsinki-workshop

Registration for Austria and Switzerland has also opened last week! And we added Denmark into the mix, just for fun!

Would you like to see a video impression of the very first Management 3.0 Workout workshop in Finland? Check it out here:

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Categories: Project Management

Conversation with Dr. John Kotter

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 09:53
dr-kotter

Last week I had an inspiring video chat with Dr. John P. Kotter, bestselling author of the books Leading Change and Our Iceberg is Melting. His most recent work is called Accelerate (XLR8) and I talk with Dr. Kotter about hierarchies, networks, and accelerated change.

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Categories: Project Management

Conversation with Marshall Goldsmith

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:07
marshall-goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is the bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, and several other books about coaching and leadership. I talked with Marshall about Managers as Mentors, coaching versus mentoring, feedback versus feed forward, and questions that you can ask yourself each day.

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Categories: Project Management

Conversation with Bob Burg

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 08:58
Bob Burg

Bob Burg is an expert on the topics of influence and persuasion. He is the bestselling (co)author of the The Go-Giver and he recently published the book Adversaries into Allies. In this video interview I chat with Bob about Non-Violent Communication, arrogant narcissists, emotional decisions, anger, and bribing yourself with chocolate.

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Categories: Project Management

Workshop Visualization (#wallpaper, #noprojector)

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 18:33
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One discussion that keeps popping up among trainers and facilitators is whether to use presentation slides during a course or workshop. The traditional approach is to use them extensively, but a number of facilitators are in favor of a #noslides approach. Some of them prefer to write and draw everything on the spot during their workshops. My own preference is to take a nuanced view between those two extremes.

I think, the question should not be, “Should we use slides or not?”

It should be, “What kind of visualization is the most effective?”

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Categories: Project Management

Top 200 Management & Leadership Authors (Maybe Not Experts)

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 12:57
top 50

Several weeks ago, I wanted to know who are the most interesting management & leadership writers (worldwide, in the English language). Which authors should I follow? Which blogs should I read? What books do I add to my backlog? Which writers have a great reputation? Of course, a not unreasonable secondary objective was to learn how does my work compare to the others? As I always say, how do you know you’re making progress when you don’t measure?

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Categories: Project Management

Interview with Esko Kilpi

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:21
esko-kilpi

As part of my global book tour I hope to have fascinating conversations with management & leadership experts around the world. One of them is Esko Kilpi, a researcher and consultant in Finland who has a focus on the “arts and sciences of complex interaction”. With Esko I talked about management & complexity.

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Categories: Project Management

45 New Books (by Top Authors) for Your Management Book Shelf

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:38
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You may have seen that I supplied the data for Inc.com’s Top 50 Management & Leadership Experts. People seem to like it very much.

Well, what I also did was find the answer to the question, “What are the latest book releases of the management & leadership experts?”

I discovered new books by Tim Harford, Daniel Kahneman, Dan Ariely, Henry Mintzberg, Jason Fried, Simon Sinek, Peter Senge, Malcolm Gladwell, Chip & Dan Heath, John Kotter, Clayton Christensen, and many more… My reading backlog just doubled in size!

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Categories: Project Management

Better Management with Fewer Managers (video)

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:40
book-trailer

In modern businesses managers are expected to be “servant leaders” and “systems thinkers”. But nobody explains how they can do this tomorrow morning. “Empowering workers” and “delighting customers” are important principles. But none of those suggestions are concrete. Most people want to know…

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Categories: Project Management

Commitment Is Easy, Persuasion Is Hard

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:18
Commitment is Easy

Several weeks ago, almost 100 people answered to my call for beta readers for my new book. That was far more than I had expected. However, I suspected that some of them were perhaps a bit too enthusiastic. That’s why I decided to ask all 100 volunteers these tough questions:

Can you give feedback on 250 pages of text in only 3 weeks?

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Categories: Project Management