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Posts from Awesome Folks #81
A weekly round up of blog posts I've been reading
Another week, another conference. I was speaking at Seacon yesterday about collaboration antipatterns and bridging silos. I had a lot of fun and got a bit creative with keynote animations and gifs.
One of my slides from yesterday
Some of the conference themes were autonomy, bridging silos and teamwork. There was filming, so I expect the videos will go up on their YouTube channel soon. I also got to catch up with some friends and make some new ones.
Happy Friday and enjoy this week’s posts
People and Culture
The Power of Good Jobs and Progressive Management
By Joost Minnaar
In August, we traveled to Hanoi for Bucket list visits to a group of progressive Vietnamese businesses that challenge the status quo. On the plane to Vietnam, I read The Case for Good Jobs: How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Work by Zeynep Ton, a professor at MIT. The arguments Ton lays out in the book resonated greatly with me.
Research: Flexible Work Is Having a Mixed Impact on Employee Well-Being and Productivity
By Jeremie Brecheisen
According to Gallup research, workers around the world who are working in hybrid or remote roles say they experience more stress and anger than their colleagues who work onsite full-time. At the same time, these remote and hybrid employees say they’re consistently more engaged than full-time onsite workers. This presents a complicated challenge for company leaders:
Engineering Team Performance Report 2023
Can you really measure engineering team performance? We polled 600+ engineering managers to explore team performance measurement and discover their top challenges. Download the report.
Mapping Ties: Stories of Togetherness at Work, Audio Events
Where community builders share their stories of crafting, nurturing, and growing communities from within.
Organisations and Systems
Bounce Back - Strengthen your Teams to Weather Change
By Heidi Helfand
Forming, storming, norming, performing. Long lived teams are best. Keep your teams together. You’ll lose predictability if you change. Over the years I’ve heard all of this too. But the fact is, your teams will change. It’s in their nature. You might as well lean into that.
5 Tactics to Combat a Culture of False Urgency at Work
By Dina Denham Smith
The headwinds of false urgency can be intense. But they also foster a reactive culture. If everything is urgent, there’s little opportunity for creative and deep work, which tends to flourish only when there’s time and space. In this article, the author offers tips that will help you focus on what’s truly urgent in your organization and enable your team to deliver strong results and sustain high performance over time.
What Fast-Moving Companies Do Differently
By Suketu Gandhi
Lack of speed has been troubling companies for decades. The difference is that, today, with everything moving so much faster, a lack of speed can mean more than just a few missed opportunities — it can put companies in a very precarious position, especially those in markets where they face competitors that can sense and respond far more quickly.
Outcomes and Objectives
Critical thinking for product managers
By Eira Hayward
Critical thinking - how should we define it and why is it so important for a product person to master?
OKRs don't solve dependencies, they reveal them
By Jeff Gothelf
OKRs can work like an organisational flashlight, shedding light on the dependencies that keep teams from delivering autonomously
Is Your Team Caught in the Solution Fixation Trap?
By Serena G. Sohrab, Mary J. Waller, and Sjir Uitdewilligen
In the face of escalating complexities, organizations are increasingly relying on teams to tackle these intricate issues and drive pivotal organizational decisions. To extract maximum value from team dynamics, leaders must remain mindful of potential biases that may impact team dynamics and to actively steer and fine-tune team processes. Specifically, the authors urge leaders to address a decision-making bias they call the solution fixation trap, which emerges when a team rushes into discussing possible solutions before fully understanding the problem at hand.
Rapid and collaborative synthesis
By Katherine Wastell
To identify user research findings, you need to take lots of information and distill it into meaningful patterns and themes. It’s one of those skills that some people are naturally good at, but they struggle to teach to others.
Views of New Brighton Lighthouse
By Me, Emily Webber
For a little while, I was encouraging myself out of the house by setting the target of taking regular short videos of the New Brighton lighthouse at the mouth of the Mersey. Here are those videos taken between December 2022 and August 2023.
Three (Not So Intuitive) Tips to Make Your Work Easier and Better
By Johanna Rothman
Ted Williams said, “If you don't think too good, don't think too much.” I've got a bad head cold, so I'm not thinking too “good” at all. Here are three not-so-intuitive tips I use all the time, and that you might have missed: Move from “How much” to “How little” thinking. Finish something clean, every … Three (Not So Intuitive) Tips to Make Your Work Easier and Better Read More »