How To Be Ruthless With Your Time Without Being Ruthless With Your Team

The key to manage your time and maintain positive and resilient relationships with your co-workers lies in communicating preemptively, setting expectations and norms, making people part of the process, and finding structured and creative ways to problem solve together.

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Written by Roi Ben-Yehuda, published by LifeLabs Learning

Stop Your Agile Transformation Right Now

What has enabled companies such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, and Google to achieve global market dominance in just a few years? Some people attribute the successes to strong, visionary leaders with an almost dictatorial approach to the topics they find important, such as design, strategy, or experimentation. Others claim that it is their creative, self-organized, and self-managed teams that build the most successful products. In this post Jurgen Appelo describes why he believes it’s a dynamic mix of both.

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Written by Jurgen Appelo, Author of Management 3.0

Make Better Decisions With The Advice Process

Effective and efficient decision making is crucial for business performance. The common approaches of either top-down, authoritarian decision making or decision making based on consensus often don’t function as an ideal practice for fast moving and rapidly changing organizations. But there is an alternative. More and more organizations experiment and establish methods of decision making where authority is distributed to higher degree throughout a team or organization. It is often referred to as the advice process.

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Written and published by Corporate Rebels

How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy And Accountability

Spotify’s unusual combination of squads, tribes, chapters, and guilds is the organizational infrastructure that underlies the company’s operating model. At first reading, it might sound like just another way to define a conventional organizational matrix in Millennial- and digital-friendly terms. But a closer examination reveals just how different the model really is and why it seems to work so well.

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Written by Michael Mankins and Eric Garton, published by HBR

Purpose In A Complex World

This article is an advanced piece on teal organizational design and themes. The article presents a discussion of some of the growing pains and tensions felt by many organizations that are on the journey to adopting teal ways of organizational functioning. In particular it brings to the forefront and that moving away from single points of leadership towards teams of people leading, creating, challenging each other, thinking together, and tapping into unexpected genius of the larger organizational system is what will enable us to meet the complexity and uncertainty of our current world.

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Written by Usha Gubbala for August’s publication on Medium

Design The Team You Need To Succeed

“High Performing Team” is the holy grail for modern companies. This article features and unpacks three themes on helping teams to succeed and solving for the mystery of highly effective team collaboration.

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Written by Christina Wodtke, published by ProductCoaltion

Elements Of Responsiveness

In the pursuit of adaptivity, companies are decentralizing decision-making and empowering their people with information for increased engagement and continuous learning.

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The Science Behind Effective Teams

What factors play into turning a group of individuals into an engaged, high-performing team? In his talk at BetterWorks Goal Summit 2016, Google’s VP of People Operations Prasad Setty dives into Google’s best practices and recent research on the driving forces behind team effectiveness.

Watch 42 Min Video published by Better Works

The Dark Side Of Transparency

What about transparency within organizations? Many emphasize the benefits of sharing information freely, as a way of empowering employees and improving the quality and speed of decision making. But there is also a “dark side” to transparency.  This article looks at three main areas where too much transparency creates problems and offers some guidance on how to get the balance right.

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Julian Birkinshaw and Dan Cable, published by McKinsey Quarterly

Digital Isn’t Software Or About Technology, It’s A Mindset

The most dominant companies are now digital-first. Think Netflix over Blockbuster or iTunes over Tower Records. Aaron Dignan founding partner at TheReady explains in this talk that for future success companies need a purpose, responsive structures and processes to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) how these need to be combined to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization.

Watch 53 min video published by 99U