Growing Leaders to Solve the Hardest Problems

In an organization with many teams, problems will arise that span across these teams and require solutions broader than an individual manager’s purview. These types of projects include things like: introducing changes to a quarterly planning process, agreeing on broad architectural changes, rolling out a new project management tool, or making changes to how on-callContinue reading “Growing Leaders to Solve the Hardest Problems”

Organizational Change – Part 4: Scaffolding and Hooks

Much of creating organizational change involves finding ways to successfully get individuals to remember and recall new information at the right time to change an existing habit. Often, these new ideas and concepts are complex, and until humanity invents Matrix-style knowledge uploading, we’re limited to what we can convey in low-bandwidth and faulty human communication. There are, however, a few tricks in how to structure and present information that I have found helpful to improve success rates here.

Organizational Change – Part 3: Sisyphus and Successful Execution

condemned to forever roll a boulder up a hill in Hades. He’s also a useful character when it comes to thinking about using our time effectively. I have seen many leaders of organizations recreate their own personal Sisyphean reality by failing to focus their attention.

Organizational Change – Part 2: Changing organizations is like moving a memory foam mattress

This post is Part 2 of a 4 part series looking at strategies and tactics for creating change in organizations! If you like it, consider signing up at the bottom of the page for email alerts of new posts. Check here for Part 1: Viral Ideas and Part 3: Sisyphus and Successful Execution. There’s somethingContinue reading “Organizational Change – Part 2: Changing organizations is like moving a memory foam mattress”

Manager Tools: Capturing and Routing Information

One of the values of a good manager is effective communication — getting people the right information at the right time. This requires gathering, sifting, and routing the deluge of information available from meetings, emails, research, slack, etc.. It’s is hard to do well, and impossible to perfect. We can, though, use tools to improve our abilities beyond what our brains are naturally capable of though.