Tag: mental models

Alternatives to bureaucratic hierarchy

I don’t doubt that its possible to have an organization with out traditional managers. I’ve read about Semco and Morningstar Farms. I’ve talked to people who work at Gore. My husband works for a less well know firm that doesn’t have traditional managers. But those companies didn’t get there by happenstance. They got there by

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Motivation Misfires

Many managers ask me, “How can I motivate my team?” I’ve certainly seen many efforts to motivate teams.  Contests, prizes, pep talks, badges, points, canned thank you notes, and recognition events. Most of this comes down to using rewards to motivate people to continue certain behavior. Some of these work for some people, some of

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Resources don’t write software. People do.

Resource 1. a : a source of supply or support : an available means —usually used in plural b: a natural source of wealth or revenue —often used in plural c: a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life d: computable wealth —usually used in plural e: a source of information or expertise

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Beyond Belief

(c) 2001-2010 Esther Derby Let me tell you a little story, a true story, about how our beliefs influence what we see in the world and affect our ability to solve problems. Two years ago my friend Julia, who was forty-four and a bit portly at the time, starting experiencing troubling physical symptoms. She was

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