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.”
Author, Speaker, Comic, Mime: Breaking Rules with the Intriguing Rick Lewis
Posted by Doug Kirkpatrick on Wed, May 08, 2013
The Morning Star Self-Management Institute recently talked with Rick Lewis, professional misbehaver, entertainer, speaker and author. He shares some serious and thoughtful observations about Intelligent Misbehavior, Self-Management, and the salience of full engagement.
RAC ‘Em Up!
Posted by Doug Kirkpatrick on Wed, May 01, 2013
Psychology Provides a Powerful Key to Successful Communication
A self-managed work environment demands open and authentic communication. When individuals need help from others, communication is request-not-command, since people in such a workplace only manage themselves, not others. For a request to be effective, it stands to reason that the request should be delivered in a respectful manner designed to elicit a positive response.
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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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.