Bioteams: Nature’s Best Practices

Bioteams: Nature’s Best Practices

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…

Beyond Empowerment Now Available in Chinese Version

Beyond Empowerment Now Available in Chinese Version

China Development Press just released the Chinese version of Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. Titled Beyond Authority: The Arrival of the Era of Self-Management, China HRD talent leader Landy Tang and a partner performed the excellent translation.

Medical Management Innovations, Inc.

Medical Management Innovations, Inc.

In the spring of 2013, Medical Management Innovations, Inc. CEO and Founder Rich Pflederer is reflecting on the past and envisioning the future of his company. He, along with twenty-two fellow colleagues are working to create and maintain high levels of self-managing colleague accountability and autonomy while delivering solid business results in the competitive world…

Yota: Making Difference Culture

Yota: Making Difference Culture

In the spring of 2011, Yota Sales & Distribution Director Viktor Sizov and his HR Business Partner Evgeniya Fastova are ensconced in their Moscow office contemplating the future of the company. They faced a daunting challenge: how to deliver solid business results in the ultra-competitive, high-growth business of Russian mobile telecom while adhering to company…

Interview with Rick Lewis: Author, Speaker, Juggler, Mime

Interview with Rick Lewis: Author, Speaker, Juggler, Mime

Doug Kirkpatrick:            Well, Rick, I wanted to ask you some questions for our self-management newsletter Synaptein. It comes out twice a year. We always love to do interviews like this with like-minded people because it’s fascinating to find out how people find us and interact with self-management and what their stories are. So I appreciate…

RAC ‘Em Up! Psychology Provides a Powerful Key to Successful Communication

RAC ‘Em Up! Psychology Provides a Powerful Key to Successful Communication

A self-managed work environment demands free and open 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….