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What Are Powerful Questions?

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 22:53
Powerful Questions

Knowing that we should inquire into an organization in a positive way (see my post about Appreciative Inquiry), it is useful to know what kind of questions we should ask. To learn more about this we can turn our attention to the concept of Powerful Questions.
A powerful question stimulates curiosity and reflection in a conversation, it leads the participants toward creativity, energy, and forward movement, it helps to channel attention and focus, and it has a tendency to invite further questions. My own very first powerful question, satisfying all these criteria, would be, “How can we make our questions more powerful?”

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Categories: Project Management

From Appreciative Inquiry to Complexity Thinking

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:41
Appreciative Inquiry

I appreciate the importance of catalyzing each other’s performance in an organization, and I think it’s worth finding out what kind of approach we need as a coaches, managers, or pairing partners. In my research I was fortunate to find a useful method that offers great inspiration when focusing on positive organizational change, with several similarities to complexity thinking.

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Categories: Project Management

My Book Tour Comes to UK and Bulgaria

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:00
UK and Bulgaria

The priorities for my new Global Management 3.0 Workout Book Tour are based on a backlog of countries, which is in turn based on the subscribers of my mailing list. Two companies in Bulgaria have lobbied to get people registered on the mailing list, which caused this country to climb from #19 to #5 on the priority list. That’s is great! It means they are committed to get me to travel to Bulgaria.

I have rewarded this enthusiasm by planning a trip to Bulgaria in July.

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Categories: Project Management

Why Managers Are Smarter, and Management Isn’t

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:58
Managers Are Smarter

I got involved in an interesting email discussion about the question whether the work of managers requires smarter people. This is what someone told me (summarized):

Managers have a “higher role” than other workers, because their work involves “more complexity”, which suggests the need for a higher “MPA (mental processing ability)” for managers.

Let me explain why this is complete nonsense.

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Categories: Project Management

Virtual Kudo Box

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:10
Kudo Box

I already had a Kudo Box article, and physical kudo cards.

Now there is an online Kudo Box application to help you send a token of appreciation to anyone who deserves it, created by Happy Melly’s CTO Sergey Kotlov. The tool is so easy, I don’t even have to explain how it works!

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Categories: Project Management

Register Now for the Management 3.0 Workout Book Tour Workshop!

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 16:29
Management Workout

I will celebrate the upcoming release of my new book by visiting cities all over the world with a brand new one-day workshop. It’s all brand new materials, and you can see it as a follow-up to the regular 2-day course.

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Categories: Project Management

Innovation Is Not Only in Your Code

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:48
Innovation Is Not Only in Your Code

I was invited to speak at an interesting company event in Gent two days ago, where I discussed running experiments with Exploration Days, Business Guilds and more. One employee asked me this interesting question:

How can the non-IT departments participate in Hack Days or Exploration Days? How can they help innovate?

Great question!

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Categories: Project Management

Combine Your Weaknesses with Your Strengths

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:00
Combine Your Weaknesses with Your Strengths

I have two major weaknesses. (Well, actually many more, but this should be a blog post, not a book.) My first weakness is I hate sports. Or more generally, any kind of strenuous activity. A good walk is fine, if not much longer than 2 hours, thank-you.

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Categories: Project Management

Mine! Mine! Mine!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:54

Some of the most hilarious scenes in the Pixar movie Finding Nemo involve a flock of seagulls yelling “Mine! Mine! Mine!” every time they see something they want for themselves. I thought back to those movie scenes several times in the past few days.

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Categories: Project Management

Virtual Drink

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:10

I organized a virtual drink on Google Hangouts! We chatted about quitting jobs, raising kids, consultants selling tools, best movies, watching TV, and learning Spanish.

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Categories: Project Management

About My Video Experiment

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:59

The experiment I’ve been running lately is making YouTube videos, called 15 Minutes on Air. The purpose of these videos is to see if I can reach an audience of people who normally don’t read.

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Categories: Project Management

Blog Post #800

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:09
Blog Post 800

Sometimes you don’t need statistics.
Sometimes you don’t need retrospectives.
Sometimes you don’t need superlatives.

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Categories: Project Management

Management and Task-Switching – 15 Minutes on Air with Johanna Rothman

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:10
15 Minutes on Air

Johanna Rothman is the author of Hiring Geeks that Fit, Manage Your Project Portfolio, and many other books. I asked Johanna three questions.

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Categories: Project Management

Checklist for Book Writers

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 14:35
Checklist

Yesterday, in my hangout with Jason Little, I discussed the benefits of having a checklist for book chapters. I already published a blog post checklist on this blog earlier. So I thought, “Why not share my book chapter checklist as well”?

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Categories: Project Management

People Stop Reading at the Word ___

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:07
How to Change the World

Yesterday on my mailing list I announced that I would give away 50 copies of my book How to Change the World for ___. And I said I’d give those copies to the first 50 people who checked a certain web page.

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Categories: Project Management

Every Day…

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:38
Every Day

Every morning I spend 30 minutes to catch up on blogs and news feeds.
Every morning I check my tasks for the day and the remaining ones for the week, and re-prioritize them where needed.
Every day I make a bit of time to check people’s status updates on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Categories: Project Management

The Unlimited Vacation Policy

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:26
Unlimited Vacation

Some companies have stopped defining how many days in the year employees can go on a vacation.

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Categories: Project Management

Stoos and the Creative Economy – 15 Minutes on Air with Steve Denning

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:37
Steve Denning

In an interview with Steve Denning, the author of the book Radical Management, I asked him three questions.

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Categories: Project Management

Announcing the First Winning Countries!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:13

The first countries to visit with my Management Workout Book Tour are Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, and Belgium.

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Categories: Project Management

Not Results-Only Work Environments but Trust-Only Work Environments

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:38
Feedback Wrap

Results-only work environments? I prefer to talk about trust-only work environments. When there is trust first, there will be results later.

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Categories: Project Management