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Photography help people to see.

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August 9, 2015 · 2:41 pm

Another weekend is here…

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#stressbusters

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#notestoself #fifthdiscipline – Seven learning disabilities

  1. I am my position ( I am experiencing this when moving teams from command and control mode to self organizing teams)
  2. The enemy is out there (Two most widely used words among project managers are ‘but’ and ‘they’, based on my interactions with 6000 of them. Majority believes that they are perfect, and the problem is out there.)
  3. The illusion of taking charge. (proactive Vs reactive. Very often we mistake pro activeness as aggressive reactions  )
  4. Fixation on events (Yes, we find some event as the trigger for everything, and fail to understand complex causes contributing to the effect)
  5. The parable of the boiled frog. (The problems aggravates gradually)
  6. The delusion of learning from experience (Very often the effect happens outside the span of focus of the cause, hence we fail to learn from experience)
  7. The myth of the management team (All management teams fumble when they try to resolve complex issues)

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flowers for you

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The fifth discipline – Peter M Senge

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I have this habit of buying books, and then dumping them without reading them completely. After a while they surface again. This 445 page masterpiece by Peter M Senge took a while to resurface again, about a decade. Here is a paragraph written by Deming, to Peter M Senge from the 10th page of the book. This paragraph resonates with my feelings after training a group of people who are used to command and control mode of working to self organizing teams. Here are Deming’s words of wisdom;

” Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. People are born with intrinsic motivation, self respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy in learning. The forces of destruction begin with toddlers – a prize for the best halloween costume, grades in school, gold stars – and on up through the university. On the job, people, teams and divisions are ranked, reward for the top, punishment for the bottom. Management by objectives, quotas, incentive pay, business plans, put together separately, division by division, cause further loss, unknown and unknowable.’

This highlights the depth of the problem, when we move from traditional management styles to agility.

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