Five Crucial Competencies of Self-Management
Posted by Doug Kirkpatrick on Thu, April 17, 2014
While there are many competencies that enable effective self-management (excellent communication skills, solid teamwork, good judgment), there are many other, less obvious competencies that impact one’s ability to navigate and perform at a high level in a self-managed ecosystem. Here are five candidates for consideration.
An SMI Exclusive: A Talk with the Remarkable Dr. Peter Koestenbaum
Posted by Doug Kirkpatrick on Mon, December 09, 2013
SMI recently traveled to the Carmel home of Dr. Peter Koestenbaum, co-author with Peter Block of Freedom and Accountability at Work. Dr. Koestenbaum is the founder and chairman of PIB.Net, (for Philosophy in Business), and the Koestenbaum Institute, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2000, he asked the hard questions in the influential Fast Company article Do You Have the Will to Lead?
Outsider Wisdom: Self-Organization and 12-Step Recovery
Posted by admin on Tue, September 24, 2013
By Elinor Slomba, Certified Scrum Master
Over Labor Day weekend an extraordinary event took place in the world of self organized groups. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, hosted the World Convention of one of the largest and most respected 12-Step recovery programs, known as Narcotics Anonymous. Over 18,000 recovering addicts were in attendance, from over 100 countries.
Bioteams: Nature’s Best Practices
Posted by Doug Kirkpatrick on Tue, July 16, 2013
Former Reuter’s IT Europe Manager and VISION business consultant Ken Thompson’s book Bioteams is a little gem that describes how to create high performance teams based on examples found in the natural world. As he notes in the first chapter, “after [nature’s] 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival. We are learning, for instance, how to grow food like a prairie, create ceramics like an abalone, create color like a peacock, self-medicate like a chimp, compute like a cell, and run a business like a hickory forest.”
The Self-Management Institute was formed in 2008 as a research and education organization focused on the development of superior systems and principles of organizing people.
Our founder, Chris Rufer, developed, early on in his entrepreneurial career, a general business philosophy around the fundamental cornerstone that simply states that Self-Management is the most effective and efficient method of organizing people.
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Call it what you will--Self-Management, Holarchy, ROWE--but we are definitely seeing a rise in the number of workplaces that are ditching traditional management. Pam Ross's January article with the Huffington Post introduces several companies that are experimenting with how to best organize work.
Author, consultant and London School of Business management educator Gary Hamel shared his vision of the future, and of the Morning Star self-management system, with attendees at the recent Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Conference in San Francisco.