It’s not the Bad Apple, it’s the Rotten Barrel

It’s not the Bad Apple, it’s the Rotten Barrel

You know, when your behaviour does not mesh with your values and attitudes, typically what happens is your attitudes and values change to fit the behaviour rather than the other way around. … If a company (Enron springs to mind, but it’s too black-and-white a choice) or department is focused on bringing in revenue and profit but are not the product development group, when they are exhorted by company values to be “Innovative” they have few options to exercise that value.

The Merger – Baby steps

The Merger – Baby steps

Part of my time this year is being spent as an adviser to two organisations that are merging. It makes an interesting example of a merger process. All relevant posts on the process are collected under the Merger tag. I set the scene for the Merger last month in this post.   Early days under […]

Random stories or last.fm?

Random stories or last.fm?

There's an increasing trend I've noticed recently among people looking at stories – to take a brief look at stories to find the ones that "typify" the organisation.  And, because of the perception of storywork being highly resource-intensive, it's generally a very small number of stories that are used. Somewhat akin to the periodic iPod […]

Where do you allow dissent?

Where do you allow dissent?

I’ve recently been in a number of environments where everybody has been so keen to encourage positive discussions that I’ve ended up coming away with a flat, slightly unreal feeling – interesting conversations that never really reached any depth.  It’s reminded me of the big “hoorah” sessions that organisations regularly run for people around any […]