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Community building is (not) a tool (reblog @AxiomNews & more)

October 26th, 2015 Posted in Strength Tags: , , ,

Here’s a short but nonetheless good piece from AxiomNews (strength-based journalism).

It’s indeed paradoxical: we know that to achieve anything, a community behind your cause is a critical success factor. Yet, building it as a mean is (almost) always deemed to fail.

I think it might be useful to re-frame the issue of community building as being both a mean and an end, though this requires flexibility in whatever cause you might have had in the first place (for which you initially thought of building a community to thrust it).

By building a community as an end around a powerful cause, you might find the support you need to pursue that cause.

Stated otherwise, I’d encourage you to put the cause as the source for the community, and not its consequence, therefore building support for when you want to pursue your cause. Gathering a great community to socialize about your cause or project might get the support you personally need when facing difficulty in delivering on your cause. Be it encouragements or help, it’s still useful to feel you’re not alone on the road. People love to talk about great causes, and contributing ideas; they act less often toward that. So, leverage this natural tendency of we humans for that (and don’t get rebuffed by different opinions than your own – seek opportunities in divergences).

Building a community is no replacement for your own hard work – you can’t outsource your work to a community – but it might be a support for you doing the work. Incidentally, by showing off and walking the talk, you might get unexpected help in the end (and the more you’re loosing grip on your initial idea and let it be influenced and co-created by others, the more concrete help you might get).

  • DOESN’T WORK: Community –> Work on cause
  • WORKS: Cause –> Build community –> Support for the cause –> (Possible) help in building the cause further

So, seek to build a community around your cause for the sole purpose of getting warm support (if nothing else). And, who knows, you might get more help later but only if you don’t seek it.


Michael Ballé’s @TheGembaCoach Column: respect and sensei

Interesting question asked to Michael Ballé, to which I added my comments at the end (with lots of typos, sorry :-/)

Dear Gemba Coach,If lean is based on respect for people, why are sensei gemba visits reputed to be so tough?

Source: Michael Ballé’s Gemba Coach Column

Advantages of using #TWI Job Instructions from @TheBilasGroup

I was searching for these in the TWI materials, and found this excellent, exhaustive list of TWI JIT advantages from The Bilas Group.

Nothing else to do. If you ever need to give arguments to a CEO about deploying JIT (Job Instructions Training), this is the list to use.

Besides, you’d better know your Management Contact Manual as well!

#Nomadisme #digital et émancipation par #Holacracy

July 10th, 2015 Posted in Change Tags: , , , , , ,



Article sympathique sur ces deux sujets ici :

Un nombre croissant d’entrepreneurs et de start-up s’affranchissent des structures managériales archaïques. Le nomadisme numérique et l’holacratie émergent. Toujours plus de sociétés mais également de services publics cherchent de nouvelles façons de travailler. Découverte en cinq épisodes

Source: Des entreprises sans chefs et sans bureaux –

“La multiplication des chefs de projet est une catastrophe managériale majeure”, affirme le sociologue François Dupuy

Excellent article relevant une visiblement excellente pensée critique du sociologue François Dupuy que je découvre.

Pour ma part, la multiplication des chefs de projet est une conséquence de l’inutilité, voire la nocivité des techniques de management actuelles (et le refus de leur remise en cause et de l’acceptation de dégâts qu’elles provoquent) : face au bazar dans l’entreprise, la seule réponse actuelle est de mettre un chef de projet pour tenter de le gérer (avec tous les paradoxes relevés dans l’article ci-dessous), alors qu’il ne devrait pas y avoir de bazar au départ ! Et quand le bazar devient trop important, on fait une réorganisation, sans remettre en cause les principes sous-jacent de la gouvernance interne de l’entreprise : encore plus de la même chose… en s’attendant à des résultats différents. Selon Einstein, c’est la définition de la folie…

Allez voir l’article sinon, il est relativement court et… percutant !

L’interview management : L’Usine Nouvelle – Qu’est ce qui vous a poussé à revenir sur un sujet dont on pouvait penser que vous aviez fait le tour dans votre… Sujets liés Entretien, L’interview management, Management, Ressources humaines – Actualité de l’industrie


An Introduction to Cost of Delay -LeadingAgile #CD3 #agile

June 12th, 2015 Posted in Lean Tags: , , , ,

Surprisingly, doing the most valuable feature first is not always the best economic decision. Don’t forget to limit your cost of delay in your portfolio.

Source: An Introduction to Cost of Delay -LeadingAgile

Excellent article: simple, clear, straight to the point. I wonder if I can introduce that in IT Operations? I mean, theoretically, yes of course. But practically… hmm.


#Sociocracy and #Holacracy

May 27th, 2015 Posted in Change Tags: , , , ,

I’ve happily discovered the “new version” of Sociocracy as 3.0. Please go check there; the link with Holacracy as a past dissidence is explicited, but seems to have been integrated in the new sociocracy. I love this new version (much clearer) and probably more than Holacracy because I find it simpler to understand. I’ll seriously consider using it especially after having read that “undercover guerilla” Sociocracy for One.

Of course, version 4.x of Holacracy is just around the corner (in open-source, on Github, whoohoo!) so I’ll have to check that one too!

Release Your Inner Genius With These 5 Tips | @FastCompany 

May 22nd, 2015 Posted in Personal Development Tags: ,

Excellent, quick-read article. I love the proposals… and it seems I’m already doing them.

In making something, whether it is a business, an app, a book, or art, we bring something into the world that could come only from us.

Source: Release Your Inner Genius With These 5 Tips | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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