In chapter 5 of Jeff Sutherland's book on Scrum, he briefly mentions behavior for Scrum in the form of "don't be an ass hole and get rid of ass holes quick." Yet he doesn't mention detail about how one should address this, as though it is a simple process. If only life was so simple... Continue Reading →
Dear Amy and Kim, it's all very well to tell your dear followers, "4 ways to help you to speak up in the workplace", only for these readers to try and find out that speaking up doesn't always go as planned and the shit hits the fan. Then they remembered why they avoided disagreeing with... Continue Reading →
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" George S Paton We all know how important innovation and collaboration are in organizations, especially tech companies. It is usually highly prized and encouraged. But to achieve these breakthroughs, we need to push the envelope within ourselves and in teams. At the same time, everyone seems... Continue Reading →
Malicious gossip is the scourge of most organizations. It is usually how most individuals in organizations deal with their minor conflicts. Also referred to as backbiting, badmouthing, venting or backstabbing, it can only exist if we do it in secret. It's our hidden conflict resolution and so ubiquitous that we don't even seem to notice... Continue Reading →
Sorry, but I have to speak up and say that the #psychologicalsafety that professor Edmondson is describing seems to me to be an impossible social construct. E.g., “Psychological safety, which is the ability to speak up without the risk of punishment or humiliation.” In my view, there is and will always be this risk of... Continue Reading →
When people gossip, they will never want the person or organization they are talking about want to hear what they have to say.
Another point for exposing our unresolved conflict is that it acts as a great incentive to ensure we all use our new and radical toolkit available to resolve our spats before they become our exposed conflicts.
Being accountable for our actions sounds simple, but try extracting an acceptable apology from someone, and you will soon find out that this ability is as rare as hen's teeth. My brother Steve and I tried this experiment some 20 years ago. We agreed that if either of us got angry, we would give the... Continue Reading →
When one thinks about it most of our behavior is based around fear of conflict and how we can avoid it.So we have created and listened to stories that tell us: Don't be a snitchGo with the flowYou are too sensitiveDon't make wavesLet sleeping dogs lieDon't rock the boat Don't upset the applecartSticks and stones....Suck... Continue Reading →
This is the simple reason why startups fail and how we propose to fix it: https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/cjrlFySKoiduzo?hostedIn=slideshare&page=upload SpatzAI Startup Moderator Toolkit to Resolve Founder Conflict