Respect is a Key Habit in a Successful Team

I’ve worked with a lot of teams.  Teams made up of individuals, obviously.  I’ve worked with people I respect & those I didn’t, and with both respectful & disrespectful people.  I have been both too – we all have at some point in our lives.  Its still at the start of a new year, so … Read moreRespect is a Key Habit in a Successful Team

The True Story of Agile Transformation – Marginal Gains Matter

Agile transformation isn’t a single ‘ta-da’ moment when everything is done.  I feel I need to say this up-front. Now I can relax a little and tell you why I am saying it, and how an agile transformation might look after the first bit.  The thing is lots of people are writing about the first … Read moreThe True Story of Agile Transformation – Marginal Gains Matter

A New Reading List From Just One Day At The EQ Summit

Disclaimer:  this is not a post specifically about agile.  Please feel guilt-free in skipping bits (or all) if you’re not interested in Emotional Intelligence or the EQ Summit.  (If you are interested, but need a grounding in what I;m talking about, try this article from Advance Systems Inc. who cover the basics really nicely.) What … Read moreA New Reading List From Just One Day At The EQ Summit

Re-Energizing My Mind at an Exciting New Conference

Last week was somewhat packed with events – why do things always work out like that? I will write about Lego Serious Play and the EQ Summit later, this post is about Aginext Conference (Aginext.io).  Not heard of it before?  That’s not surprising, as it was the very first one held. Being the first ever … Read moreRe-Energizing My Mind at an Exciting New Conference

Keep It Simple – the unexpected joy of less

Subscribers to the (somewhat erratic) fluidworking newsletter already know my story of “The Great Wardrobe Simplification”. If you don’t, stay with me here, I promise this is not a post about fashion! Actually, this is an article about simplicity. It all started with Courtney Carver‘s blog on simplicity, coupled with a need to feed my inner … Read moreKeep It Simple – the unexpected joy of less

Building a Centre Of Excellence – How Do You Know When You Are Done?

I find I have written far more posts than I originally intended for this mini-series about building a centre of excellence!  There remains 1 last topic that I need to cover. How do you know when you are done? For anyone who has worked in an agile way before, this will be a familiar concept. Why does … Read moreBuilding a Centre Of Excellence – How Do You Know When You Are Done?

Focus Training For Skills Your Team Needs Now

As part of the Building a Centre of Excellence blog post series, I’ve covered Why is it important? How is it a competitive advantage? How to hire well How to develop your existing team This time I want to talk about team training.  Specifically, training the appropriate skills at the appropriate time.  Learning takes time. … Read moreFocus Training For Skills Your Team Needs Now

Leading the Individuals You Have to Be a Terrific Team

This post is part of a mini-series about building a centre of excellence. So far I’ve written about why that is important, and the need to hire and retain good talented individuals, and how you can do that better.  Next I want dive into bringing out the secret weapons: the staff you already have. Its easy to … Read moreLeading the Individuals You Have to Be a Terrific Team