"Success" - Fifty Shades Darker ...

"Success" - Fifty Shades Darker ...

"Your theory contradicts the facts!" Roughly half a year ago I've written a blog post about "success". Not any particular success, but the success in general - my point was that sometimes the knowledge we gain in the process, empowerment or ownership we build up is more important than flawless execution itself. However, that is still not the full picture yet ... Sometimes enterprise / unit / manager needs a success so badly, that reality stands no chance - success is inevitable & just has to happen, this way or another (even if it means "creative interpretation of…

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Rotting aura of a Bottleneck Superhero

Rotting aura of a Bottleneck Superhero

Have you ever met a Bottleneck Superhero (BS)? I guess you can't tell as the term doesn't tell you anything. No surprise as I've just coined it for the sake of this blog post :> Yes, people who know me in person do know how I like naming things (or people) ;) Hero of the (every) day Ok, let's start with the description of such a "role model". Imagine a person (in a company / team / project) who: has got the most knowledge / experience (relevant to the overall context) or just the "broadest" perspective (his/her knowledge is…

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"A camel is a horse designed by a committee"

"A camel is a horse designed by a committee"

The way people tend to twist the idea of self-organization & bottom-up team empowerment is both scary & fascinating in the same time. But the amusing part fades away quite quickly when you realize all the inefficiency & impotency that happen as a side effect. One of the most common (& most fatal ...) anti-patterns is known as design by committee. I guess everyone has seen that at least once - it's an evil twin of "power to the people" approach, that usually happens when: people can freely select what they want to do & it's unclear who can…

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