Zen Organisations No more organisational insanity! The blog of Adam Thompson
Five Decisions: The Simple Way To A Better Organisational Design
by Adam on May 17, 2017 at 7:50 am
Lots of organisational design ideas out there. The urge to play with levers has never been stronger, CEOs are answering surveys saying ‘organisational design is the most important thing’, and the last decade has even seen the sallow colour of Teal become some sort of top o’ the hill aspiration. Which is just strange. So [... […]
Getting Real About Freedom
by Adam on April 18, 2017 at 1:01 am
There’s a huge confusion that’s causing a lot of pain in organisations. It’s the idea that ‘freedom‘ means ‘freedom from consequences‘. It doesn’t. It means ‘you get to choose, and the consequences are yours‘. Freedom is not liberty or licence. It’s not escape. A person becomes free when they are willing to stand up and [... […]
Why you have organisational malaise
by Adam on April 11, 2017 at 1:31 am
Everyone knows about leadership these days. Well, knows enough to be disappointed. We’ve all done enough courses where we can list off the things our boss should be doing, and the things they do that they shouldn’t, and we can then all agree that there’s no hope for us until THEY change. And at the [... […]
Want change? Meet people where they’re at.
by Adam on April 4, 2017 at 7:09 am
People can change. If they want to. You can’t make them. And there’s one way to definitely make them NOT want to change – assume that they are you and act accordingly. It’s not uncommon for ‘traditional’ organisations to choose a dynamic CEO to ‘shake things up’ who then chooses Executives who get things done. [... […]
Weekly team meetings taking away your lifeforce? Just try this.
by Adam on March 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm
Just because team meetings can be a soulless drain of vital lifeforce doesn’t mean they are not important. For many people, the conditions for work being a satisfying experience is that we are ‘alone together’. Oxymoron fans are digging it the most, but what I’m getting at is that most of us like some sort [... […]