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My Core Values

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 14:00
My Core Values

I’m writing this the day after Donald Trump won the election to become the 45th President of the United States. It is a day many of us are sure to remember.

Others have written enough about Trump’s behaviors, ethics, and his style of communication. There is nothing for me to add. Maybe the best way of dealing with the current situation (and the next four years) is to reflect on our own personal values. Criticizing others is easy. But what about being more critical of ourselves?

So… I had a good look at myself, the things that motivate me, and the aspects of my work ethic that I value above everything else. After extensive deliberation, I came up with five core values. I call them my IICCC (double I, triple C):

Independence: I do everything to stay free and autonomous
Integrity: I treat everyone fairly and equally, without discrimination
Curiosity: Exploring and understanding the world has my highest priority
Creativity: Making new things and being innovative is equally important
Competence: When I do work I enjoy, I aim to become very good at it

That’s it! Those are my new core values.

Of course, defining your values is the easy part. The hard part is living them. That will require regular reflection and maybe some rewards for my good behaviors. Some chocolate cookies perhaps.

Let’s hope that Donald Trump is doing a similar exercise.

(This post is part of my soon-to-be-announced Agility Scales project.)

(c)2015 Nichole Burrows, Creative Commons 2.0

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Categories: Project Management

My Purpose

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 11:15
My Purpose

As part of my (soon-to-be-announced) Agility Scales project, I decided to practice what I preach, lead by example, and eat my own dog food. I am happy to share my personal purpose in this blog post.

Every team, organization and individual benefits from crafting a purpose (also called a mission) and focusing on meaningful work. A purpose (or mission) is about why you do your work.

As Simon Sinek says, start with why.

I firmly believe that your purpose should match your actual behaviors. If your intent is to do one thing, but your actions show you’re doing something else, then your purpose has a problem. That’s why I had a critical look at my work habits over the last few years to see if there is a clear “why”.

Patterns were hard to identify because I’ve done many things that seem totally unrelated. I cannot say that my purpose is writing, or speaking, or changing the world of management, because I happily also did other things that did not fit those categories, and I did not consider that a waste of my time.

However, I only do work that I enjoy; I always try to turn that work into revenue streams, and I only want to do things that matter to other people. I canceled many experiments because I lost interest, lost money, or lost people’s support.

This insight reminded me of a slogan that I once came up with:

Make fun, make money, and make a difference.

I have decided to turn this slogan into my personal mission statement. It describes what I’ve done for the last seven years; it’s what I want to do for many years to come; and it guides my decision-making process, at least for now.

Some critics from the English language police may object and say that “making fun” should actually be “having fun”. I know that. But I like having a bit of fun with the English language, and many people know me for making fun of both myself and others. I don’t take everything too seriously. So there.

Other critics may point out that the statement is too general. Almost any kind of work could match this purpose. In fact, it looks suspiciously similar to the Ikigai model, which says that your purpose is the cross-section of what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what people are willing to pay for.

I agree.

But maybe that is exactly the point of my mission statement. It’s not the purpose of a team or company; it’s the purpose of me. I want the freedom to do anything I want, and be able to change my focus to any new opportunity, including things I haven’t even imagined yet. But the self-imposed constraints remain: I should always enjoy the work, earn an income, and do something meaningful for others. Make fun, make money, and make a difference.

And that’s a fine purpose to have, I think.


Photo: (c) 2009  Seth Sawyers, Creative Commons 2.0

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Categories: Project Management

The Future of Management 3.0

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 08:18

Do you want to own and scale up one of the most innovative leadership brands in the world?

Six years ago, I started working on Management 3.0 courseware and workshops. Quite rapidly, other trainers signed up to offer my classes to their own clients because there was nothing quite like it out there. Now, six years later, there are 175 Management 3.0 facilitators worldwide offering hundreds of workshops per year. We have an enthusiastic team assisting with support and marketing, a new full-color book, Managing for Happiness, that is already being translated to several languages, amazing-looking new content modules, and a new and improved curriculum that will be launched per January 1, 2017.

The next step?

I will hand over the Management 3.0 brand to others.

Management 3.0 was called one of the leaders of the Third Wave of Agile. We now see other institutions offering agile leadership workshops and certificates. After my keynote at Agile 2016 in Atlanta, several organizations reached out to me to discuss collaboration with the Management 3.0 team. Despite increased competition, our workshops are widely seen as the most successful, the most playful and colorful, and definitely the most innovative among all leadership programs. Even managers and teachers at traditional business schools take notice and have asked for my time to talk with them.

However, I am not the right person to scale up this business.

I am a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. I am not an effective CMO, COO or CEO. I don’t fly around the world to talk with training institutions, content channels, and business partners. It doesn’t make me happy. I’m not good at hiring Account Managers or Vice Presidents of Business Development. And I am certainly not the right person to develop business strategies and optimize revenue streams. I’m good at spotting new opportunities and experimenting with innovative ideas. I’m not so good at scaling up those solutions once they seem to work well and need a boost in execution.

It is time to hand over the reigns to others.

Do you want co-ownership of Management 3.0 with me?
Do you have the talent to scale up a successful startup?
Do you have time and money to invest in this business?

Contact me.

I know the Management 3.0 brand can grow to include workshops and courses to cover many more topics and target audiences. I’m sure there are hundreds of channels and publishers that will be glad to distribute our colorful materials. And it’s certain that training institutes worldwide are in desperate need of innovation.

I do my best work when I contribute as a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. If you let me do that, I will happily let you grow the company.

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Categories: Project Management

Manage Your Workshops with Workshop Butler

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 21:00
Workshop Butler

I am officially an investor now.

I have always been an investor. After all, I have always invested my time, energy, and resources in ideas that seemed to make sense to me. That’s what entrepreneurs do!

But now, I have taken my Lean Funding approach to invest in someone else’s idea. Actually, it is my idea as well, but I have no time to pursue it. I happily let Sergey Kotlov take our idea in a new direction and grow it into something fantastic.

Whether you organize workshops for managers, developers, marketers, or yoga students, there are always things you need to do for your classes, particularly when you work with more than one trainer:

  • Manage your trainers and their licenses
  • Publish the event schedule on your website
  • Provide info about topics, locations, and trainers
  • Process registrations online
  • Send notifications to participants
  • Process feedback and evaluations
  • Produce certificates of completion
  • and much more

Not surprisingly, Workshop Butler started its life as the back-end system for all Management 3.0 workshops worldwide. It has served the brand well, with more than 100 facilitators using the system on a regular basis.

Now, Workshop Butler has evolved to power other brands as well, including Collaboration Superpowers, Lean Change Management, and more.

If you offer classes under a brand name, with multiple trainers, various topics, and different locations, I suggest you check out the Workshop Butler public beta and get Sergey Kotlov to show you around the system.

It would make me happy. {8-)

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Categories: Project Management