The Lean Brain, Post 3: Flow – You Can’t Step in the Same River Twice

Lean says: Manage Flow Your brain says: My work isn’t linear. My day is filled with interruptions and so I don’t have the “luxury” of flow. What’s at play here: Functional Fixedness. If there is one area where there’s not an obvious transfer of Lean principles from manufacturing to knowledge work, it’s understanding how flow can in fact be achieved … Read More

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The Lean Brain, Post 1: Value is a Conversation

  Lean says: Define Customer Value Your brain says: I’ve seen this countless times before – I know what my customer needs better than they do. What’s at play here: Expertise bias. Overconfidence effect. Ivory tower syndrome. Ego. There’s an old story about a man standing along a riverbank. He doesn’t see a bridge, but he does see someone on the opposite bank fishing. “Hey!” he … 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

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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

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