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Updated: 4 hours 35 min ago

Own the Future of Management, with Me

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 16:53
You have just 5 days left to become my business partner.

Since today, I am no longer the only owner of the Management 3.0 business. I have co-owners. Yay!! And you can now join me as a co-owner too.

Management 3.0 is about better management with fewer managers. The ideas and practices help leaders and other change agents with managing for more happiness at work. And the brand was named the leader of the Third Wave of Agile, because of our focus on the entire business, rather than just on development practices and projects. By improving the management of organizations, we hope we are helping to make the world a better place.

As a co-owner of Management 3.0, you support and participate in my adventure. Either passively or actively, you help our team to offer healthy games, tools, and practices to more managers in more organizations.

Since last week, a Foundation owns the Management 3.0 business model and this Foundation has issued virtual shares. The business has grown by more than 40% each year in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In other words, the ownership of shares not only contributes to happier people in healthier organizations. It is also a smart business investment!

Until 31 March 2017, I sell virtual shares (officially: certificates) for EUR 50 per share. On 1 April 2017, I stop selling them for a while. I may continue selling more shares later, but probably at a higher price. And there are more reasons not to wait!

When you buy 10 or more shares before 1 April 2017, I send you a free copy of the book Managing for Happiness, personally signed by me on a unique hand-drawn bookplate.

When you buy 100 or more shares before 1 April 2017, you are entitled to a free one-hour keynote on location (excluding travel and accommodation expenses).

When you buy 1,000 or more shares before 1 April 2017, you gain the status of honored business partner, with special privileges and exclusive access to the team and me.

And everyone who buys shares has a chance to win one of my last eight copies of #Workout, the exclusive Limited Edition. Some people sell it for $2000+ on Amazon.

It is important to known that Management 3.0 is a global brand. I prefer that ownership is distributed across the world. I reserve the right not to sell too many shares to people in the same country. (And yes, it’s first come, first served.)

What are the next steps?

1. Check out my FAQ for all details (read it here);
2. Fill out the application form (APPLY HERE);
3. Sign the simple agreement (I will send it);
4. Pay the share price (information will follow).

I asked the notary and my accountant to make it so simple that it’s five minutes of work and you could be co-owner in one day.

When this simple procedure is complete, we add you to the exclusive list of Management 3.0 owners. You can proudly wear a bragging badge on your website, and the team will inform you about new developments on a regular basis.

Don’t wait too long!

This offer is valid until 31 March 2017. The available shares per country are limited.

OWN THE FUTURE OF MANAGEMENT – APPLY NOW

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Categories: Project Management

Available Soon: Co-ownership of Management 3.0

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:20

Exactly one year ago, Management 3.0 was named as the front-runner of “The Third Wave of Agile“.

In 2015, the Management 3.0 workshop licensing business grew by 43%.
In 2016, our team was able to grow the annual revenue by another 45%.

What will happen in 2017?

I’m not sure. But whatever it is, you can own and enjoy the results!

Some people have accused me of being a dictator. Indeed, in the last five years, I have always been the single owner of the Management 3.0 business. But I tried to be a benevolent dictator.

Categories: Project Management

Hey, Join My New Project!

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 20:24

I am going to challenge you.

I want to see you do things you’ve never done before. I want you to learn, experiment, fail beautifully, and then try again. And I want to see you make progress in areas that few people in the world have explored.

I am talking about my new project.
You are welcome to join.

Why are you checking your Facebook or Twitter streams multiple times per day? Is it because you were sent to a social media workshop by your manager? Or because these companies are smartly targeting your intrinsic motivators?

What has caused millions of people to start running, exercising, and monitoring their calorie intakes? Was there a government campaign promoting healthier lifestyles? Or is it because thousands of apps, smartphones and wearables have made it a lot more fun?

What convinced me to switch from taxis to ridesharing, from radio stations to streaming music, and from workstations to tablets and notebooks? Is it because it’s part of someone else’s change program? Or because I wanted a more convenient work-life?

I’m sure you get my point.

People don’t change because they’re told to change. People change because smart companies make them want to change. It usually involves techniques borrowed from gamification, behavioral economics, and habitualization.

Consider a fitness tracker, for example. I run three times per week because the metrics of the fitness tracker on my smartphone have gamified the exercises so that I’m competing against myself. By showing me statistics, and comparing those with others, the tracker uses “nudges” borrowed from behavioral economics to influence my behaviors further. And by reinforcing the good behaviors with various triggers and rewards, the app has turned my regular exercises into habits.

Games, nudges, and habits.
That’s how people change.

We now live in a time where manuals, workshops, promotion campaigns, and change programs are not sufficient anymore to achieve organizational change. To really understand and influence people, we can now use smartphones, wearables, big data, artificial intelligence, and a healthy dose of applied psychology and sociology.

Do you find that fascinating?
Let’s try and improve organizations in a more modern way.

JOIN ME

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Categories: Project Management

I’ve Had Enough

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 18:50

I can’t take it anymore.

I’ve had enough of people asking me how they can improve their team, while none of the team members are willing to run any experiments and learn from their failures.

I’ve had enough of organizations that want to scale with agile, while the change programs that managers roll out are still mainly about cutting costs and optimizing profits.

I’ve had enough of politicians promising change and making things better, while the policies of their parties are all about scaremongering and protectionism.

I firmly believe that most people are good. They usually mean well. But more often than not, group performance is abysmal. Progress stalls because teams, organizations, and political parties lack a systemic approach to purposeful evolution. I fear that, in most cases, the whole is less than the sum of the parts. In other words, great people, terrible systems.

Can we help improve those groups?

I’m sure we can. But history proves that writing books, running workshops, and organizing conferences are not enough to achieve sustainable improvement. And despite their heroic efforts, coaches and consultants often see their hard-earned results evaporate after yet another idiotic organizational system failure.

I am convinced that the solution is staring us straight in the eyes. The very reason that teams, organizations, and political systems perform badly is that the world is changing faster and faster. Have you ever seen the adoption rates of smartphones, social networks, or streaming media? Did you see how fast people are learning to use wearables and robots?

Anyone who claims that “people resist change” is just flaunting his or her incompetence.

They key to improving collaboration and performance across teams, organizations and other groups is understanding how some human behaviors are adopted at a rate that is similar to a global epidemic. If you have a good idea, and people aren’t picking it up, it doesn’t mean that they resist the change. It also doesn’t mean that your idea is wrong. It just means that there is no platform enabling the idea to go viral.

I’ve had enough of good people wasting their time in bad teams and organizations. I’ve had enough of fantastic books, workshops, conferences, coaches, and consultants achieving only temporary performance fixes. We need a platform that allows good ideas to spread across teams and organizations at Internet-speed. And like the adoption rates of new technologies, we need that platform to make any behavioral changes sustainable.

I want the whole to be more than the sum of the parts. There should be a platform that helps people grow awesome systems.

Do you want to build that platform with me?

JOIN ME

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Categories: Project Management

Facebook privacy! I am SHOCKED.

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 02:36

I am SHOCKED.

I have been following the conversations around Facebook’s (lack of) privacy rules and people inform me that Facebook is collecting data about everything that I do and they SELL this data to advertisers!! This means that it is NO COINCIDENCE that Facebook shows me advertisements for products that I bought yesterday, cheap flight tickets to cities that I just returned from, and magazines that I am already subscribed to. OMG, can you believe that??

And they are doing their best to MINE EVEN MORE DATA about me with the sole purpose of showing me ads that even better match my needs and desires!! Seriously, at some point, those ads might actually become useful. That means that, instead of clicking on a Facebook ad, on average, once per year, they might entice me to click on them TWICE per year. The HORROR!

They do all this just so that I can use their service for free, for several hours per week. I get value without paying anything, and Facebook keeps analyzing all my behaviors so that they can optimize it until I like their system so much that I don’t want to leave.

It’s insane. No company should be allowed to operate like this.

Why are governments not doing anything?!!

I am so disappointed in Mark Zuckerberg. I honestly thought that he was the world’s most generous philanthropist, paying for this platform for all of us, with his 40 billion dollars. I figured it was simply a mind-blowing coincidence that for two weeks straight, I saw Facebook ads for mattresses, which started one day after I bought two mattresses. I genuinely thought that Facebook was more like a charity organization. I was asking around how I could donate money!

I feel TRICKED.

Governments should put an end to this! I insist that Facebook snoops on me WITHOUT offering me anything of value.

Like governments do.

(c) 2013 Sarah Marshall, Creative Commons 2.0

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Categories: Project Management

The Ultimate Top 200 Best Novels, Ever

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 18:56


I love novels.
And I love lists.

What better way for me to spend some cold and rainy days near the end of the year 2016 making a list of the best novels ever written? I truly desired to know which novels I should read before I die, according to the opinions of experts and book lovers. So I started a project that took me (and my assistant) several weeks to complete. You can now download the results.

In other words, here is my Christmas gift for you:

THE ULTIMATE TOP 200 BEST NOVELS, EVER
(226 Books to Read Before You Die)

For your convenience, I have linked each title to its Amazon page. Each author is linked to the author’s Wikipedia page, and the publication year is linked to the book’s page on GoodReads.

I hope you enjoy reviewing this list as much as I enjoyed making it. If you find any errors or mistakes, or if you know a way to improve this list, please feel free to let me know.

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Categories: Project Management