Prioritization is a Symptom

“How do we prioritize all this work?” “What are mechanisms you use to prioritize?” “What if I have a lot of options that are all equal?” These are all valid questions and prioritization is an important function of both home and professional work. However, we find most often that prioritization issues, like trust issues, are a symptom of deeper problems. … Read More

Jim BensonPrioritization is a Symptom

Lean Coffee–Value Through Flexibility and Democracy

In late 2012, Modus Press will be releasing a book on Lean Meetings.  At the core of this is a tool we use called Lean Coffee. Where it came from In 2009, Jeremy Lightsmith and I were sitting at a coffee shop wondering about how to start a new Lean-thinking community of practice in Seattle. This sounded like a great … Read More

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Speaking from Power in an Uncertain World–Collaberwocky Episode 3

Are you a manager trying to get by in a flat or agile company? Do you find the role of manager repeatedly maligned? This is more than just “It’s lonely in the middle.” There are significant positive shifts in making the workplace more productive, efficient and effective. However, each of these shifts has been accompanied by changes in roles – … Read More

modusSpeaking from Power in an Uncertain World–Collaberwocky Episode 3

The Language of Management–Collaberwocky Episode 2

In this episode of Collaberwocky, Jabe Bloom, Corey Ladas and I discuss “The Language of Management.” It seems that different rungs of the corporate ladder come with different perspectives. None are complete and all have their own biases and areas of focus. Further, many management theories give rise to a sort of class warfare between the different rungs. “My manager … Read More

modusThe Language of Management–Collaberwocky Episode 2