A Talk with the Remarkable Dr. Peter Koestenbaum

A Talk with the Remarkable Dr. Peter Koestenbaum

I recently traveled to the Carmel home of Dr. Peter Koestenbaum, co-author with Peter Block of Freedom and Accountability at Work. Through prior correspondence, Dr. Koestenbaum was familiar with the idea of organizational self-management. Now 85 years young, he still works hard traveling, writing, speaking and consulting with businesses (at the time of the visit…

Absolutely Self-Managed Workers

Absolutely Self-Managed Workers

Thought leader Keith Swenson, Chairman of the Workflow Management Coalition and curator of the Thinking Matters website (and co-author of the book When Thinking Matters in the Workplace), reported on a talk I gave at the Building Business Capability conference in Las Vegas in November, 2013. Here is the link to his report, along with…

Flat Company: A Unique Organizational Perspective

Flat Company: A Unique Organizational Perspective

This white paper describes the following elements of organizational self-management practiced at The Morning Star Company: • Introduction to The Morning Star Company • Morning Star’s Mission and Vision Statement • A brief synopsis of Morning Star’s organizational philosophy • Morning Star Colleague Principles • Description of Steppingstones (KPIs) Author: Doug Kirkpatrick Please download the white…

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…