Posts filed under: Leadership

Dynamic team setups – armageddon and happy ending insights

In a previous post I already described the need for dynamic team setups. This time I’ll elaborate a bit more on that topic and share some insights from a great Club of Clubs session. First of all, lets have look...
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Build TRUST using these 3 simple ways to get to know each other

Recently we used three interesting ways to get to know each other that I would like to share with you. The described formats use different perspectives and help to discover various areas. Investing in learning more about a team member is...
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Why you should work with agile coaches on a freelance contract base

Shall you work with agile coaches based on a freelance contract? Nowadays I see many companies that struggle with hiring agile coaches (or ScrumMasters) as the current market in Germany is highly competitive. Based on past experience working with freelancers...
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Why we need more dynamic team setups to foster motivation and self organization

With this post I explain my current opinion about team setups, aiming to create high performance teams and/or working with dynamic team setups. I try to answer the question: Is the focus to remain long running, stable teams to build...
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7 core competencies of new leadership … leading with new authority

Based on the great book “Leading with new authority/Mit neuer Autorität in Führung” I created a short summary of important points to consider for modern leadership. It’s by far just an extract from the rich description provided by Frank Baumann-Habersack...
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Will you use these 9 hints to improve your appraisal interviews?

With this post I share my insights and learnings about (semi)annual employee talks (appraisal interviews). Done right – an important way to sync between employee and lead, done wrong a real killer for motivation. Like already nicely described in the...
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Identity symbols and celebrate learnings – two more management 3.0 workouts applied

Based on Jurgen Appelo’s management 3.0 exercises IDENTITY SYMBOLS and celebrating success and failure with this post I describe how we apply it in our department. Have fun while reading and building your own new picture of your environment. It started...
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Lazy team members … about social loafing and ways to prevent it in your teams

Some years ago I was presented with an interesting article describing the social loafing effect. Social loafing is the phenomenon of people exerting less effort to achieve a goal when they work in a group than when they work alone....
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Better decisions by considering the brain fallacies – my top 10 from the art of thinking

Thanks to my parents in law who gave me the book Klar denken, klug handeln: 104 Denkfehler und Irrwege, die Sie besser anderen überlassen (EN version is The Art of Thinking Clearly)written by Rolf Dobelli I got a comprehensive overview about 104...
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12 complexitools for learning and agility to succeed in complex environments

This post is part three to summarize methods to be used when working in complex environments and outlines 12 complexitools for learning and agile project work.By reading you get an impression what is necessary to support learning in complex environments.I...
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9 komplexithoden for agility to succeed in complex environments

This post is part two to summarize methods to be used when working in complex environments and outlines 9 komplexithoden for agility. By reading you get an impression what is necessary to support agility in complex environments… in my opinion...
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Complexity and methods to succeed – Thanks for the books Organize for complexity and Komplexithoden

Taken from Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo What a reading week, I  finished Nils Pfläging’s  Organize for complexity and Komplexithoden (written together with Silke Hermann) and I’m on the way reading Führen mit flexiblen Zielen (Leading using flexible goals). Both books helped my to further...
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Advanced Moving Motivators sessions – don’t miss these 6 expert hints

With this post I describe some advanced topics to consider for your next Moving Motivator session.  If you’re not yet familiar with this great game – to discover your (teams) intrinsic motivators – please start with reading Playing Moving Motivators with Teams....
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The double-sided sword of using future-oriented loyalty incentives

Many companies use loyalty incentives promised to be available at a later point in time as a way to provide recognition for their employees and to bind the employees to the company (e.g. a salary increase in future, stock options,...
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Hey recruiting agencies – there are 9 points that help to build the bridge between an applicant and the company

In part 3 of the recruiting blog post series I’ll consider the perspective of a recruiting agency/headhunters. A really competitive market, trying to find talents in a employee market situation. Read about the agencies connection to the applicants/talents and the...
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3 key benefits of writing a blog and learn how to build your successful one

What’s blogging all about For me – it is learning, connecting and networking and storing information. I write posts now for some years and I notice how often I refer to my posts when engaging in discussions.  Learning is covered...
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12 hints for your next application that support you to find your best job (Recruiting Part II) – perspective applicant

This time let’s take the perspective of the job applicant searching for a new position (check companies perspective too). This post describes a good preparation and organization, provides hints for working with agencies and will support your next decision and...
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Recruiting – 5 important points to succeed in the war for talents – perspective company

As I just had the opportunity to search for a new position I monitored current recruiting practices,compared it with my experience during recruiting and would like to share my observations with you. With this post I’ll use the perspective of...
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Hack your performance appraisal system – it’s time to kick of 2015 goals

It’s time to close 2014 regarding goal achievements and to plan new goals for 2015. Is it your task to define and administer the system? Or are you the one who’s performance gets evaluated via goals? With this post I’ll...
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Project credits – SketchNotes from the new management 3.0 workout

Another awesome management workout – Project Credits – by Jurgen Appelo – helped me to get a better picture how to continue with job titles, roles and it’s connection to personal brands and reputation. I learned why titles are important in...
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It’s time to check your management style – to validate why not to get rid of management

Short before 2013 ends it’s a good time to gather feedback on how management is doing. Seeing management as the servant for the teams – the teams are the ones to ask. The following provides a suggestion for a 20...
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Champfrogs – SketchNotes from the new Management 3.0 Workout

Based on the new management 3.0 CHAMPFROGS by Jurgen Appelo I tried to summarize my readings with Sketchnotes (see below). The 10 intrinsic motivators – Curiosity – Honor – Acceptance – Mastery – Power – Freedom – Relatedness – Order – Goal...
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Using personal maps to get a better understanding of each other and shrink the mental distance

Based on Jurgen Appelo’s management workout Personal Maps I created my first sketch note (thanks for the brilliant idea of using sketch notes to Angel Medinella). Please be patient with the format – still a lot to improve for me there...
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Delegation Poker and Delegation Board – to clarify roles and responsibilities and foster faster decision making

Overview Maybe you already know the Delegation Poker game by Jurgen Appelo. We Taken from Jurgen Appelo’s Delegation board description differentiate the following 7 levels of delegation: 1 – Tell – you tell how it has to be done, you decide 2...
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Impressions from the awesome management 3.0 course with Juergen Dittmar

My last 2 days where full of impressions and learnings about the new way of management. I took the management 3.0 course hosted by Juergen Dittmar based on Jurgen Appelo’s management 3.0 ideas.One and a half year ago I read...
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Playing Jurgen Appelo’s moving motivators with Scrum teams (Team development)

Background You’re a ScrumMaster or in a role interested in developing teams? You heard about intrinsic motivation and would like to understand your current state of motivation in the team? Based on Jurgen Appelo‘s fascinating game Moving Motivators this post explains...
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Foster innovation by creating a learning and social networking environment for your teams

Background How many new ideas did your team have during the past 6 months? And how many were transformed to innovations?  With this post I’ll try to share thoughts on becoming more innovative by building an environment that supports learning...
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