Posts Categorized: Work

liberating meetings

In meetings, bloody meetings I covered some common issues with how meetings are conducted and also provided some ways to address these. Another form is the silent meeting, put forth by David Gasca at Twitter and used at Amazon as well. These meetings are based on the common phenomena that most attendees do not read… Read more »

hybrid sailors

According to The Atlantic 2019-07, the US Navy has been piloting a new way of manning its Littoral Combat class ships, which are modular by design. The crew are all multi-purpose, with several roles onboard and always learning new tasks. They operate with one-fifth the crew size of a regular ship. Specialization is a thing… Read more »

sixteen years

You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go I owe my soul to the company store — Sixteen Tons Last week marked sixteen years as a freelancer. I was traveling and I don’t blog much when I am… Read more »

narcissists at work

The following series of tweets by @HoarseWisperer is an incredibly good examination of how people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) control those who work for them. I am sure many of us have witnessed similar behaviours in toxic workplaces. Naming and understanding these behaviours can help us deal with them. I have expanded some abbreviations… Read more »

meetings, bloody meetings

My introduction to organizing meetings was in the military, where different types of meetings had standard structures. The Orders Format was something any officer could recite from memory. During officer training we were shown the 1976 John Cleese film, which was updated in 1993 — Meetings, Bloody Meetings. Cleese, a manager, is convicted in a… Read more »

workers are already mature

“Growth is not linear and it doesn’t happen in discrete phases marked by convenient external characteristics” — which is why maturity models are wrong — according to Christiaan Verwijs, specifically looking at agile models. “Of course, maturity models are meant to simplify the complexities of reality. But what is gained by squeezing such a messy,… Read more »

changing structures

“For the first time since the industrial revolution, organizations are changing at a fundamental level. The change is very much a work in progress in most organizations. But we now have many examples of organizations that are fully functioning in an entirely new way — that is, new ideas about how the organization is designed,… Read more »

working collaboratively and learning cooperatively

Improving Organizational Performance Organizational performance improvement is comprised of reducing errors and increasing insights, according to Gary Klein. For the past century, management practice has primarily focused on error reduction, with practices such as Six Sigma, especially in manufacturing. “Fifty-eight of the top Fortune 200 companies bought into Six Sigma, attesting to the appeal of… Read more »

90% of everything is crap

Currently, I have written 3,170 posts on this blog. I don’t have any surveillance technologies (analytics) here, so I don’t know how many people read my work, or how much they like it. I do use Feedly as my feed reader and subscribe to my own site, so I can ensure that the RSS feed… Read more »

just checking the box

Were the two recent crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft a result of inadequate training, or design and safety flaws resulting from a lack of regulator oversight? I don’t know and I cannot speculate. However, I am interested in how training design decisions are made and what role Learning & Development (L&D) professionals play… Read more »