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Quick blog update – Back in the saddle

Dear readers,

Past couple of weeks, I’ve been busy with filling my own gas tank while also navigating the way forward. As my team likes to joke with me, for-better-or-for-worse, I’m now the captain of the ship… the Titanic ship to be exact.

Sometimes gallows humor can help ease the daily grind but it can also be as happy as a ice cold shower during the winter time (sorry, I’m not a polar bear!). Juggling the here and now with the there and after, I brought the team together for a couple of days and figure out what we have and what we want to do and how we want to go about doing it. The other part of it was getting key folks (re)acquainted with the ABCS of business financials – specifically, the business case.

While we struggle with the change management aspect of companies adjusting to harsh business challenges and other realities, we need to find an anchor point to tie it all together. Otherwise, the loss of focus and meaning for why we are here every day will take a huge toll on the organizational effectiveness and health. I decided to peg the anchor on understanding the business – namely what, why, when, how part of what we do – finding meaning through understanding the business case surrounding our BAU and Projects/Portfolios. Then as a team we can better prioritize and figure out what we are doing right and wrong (and even missing altogether).

So far, the impact was quite positive. One of the best part was listening to the troops, I actually had some of my perceptions shot down or seriously altered. That’s a good health check result for any manager or leader. As I’m fond of saying, 20 brains are better than 1 (see Francis Galton on his work that the wisdom of the masses is better than a single expert – Simon Kuper writes in FT Sept 5 2008).

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  1. coolbert
    September 8, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    I agree, listening to feedback from the team is important. We may or may not heed their advice at the end of the day, but it is important to allow the team some space to voice their thoughts and concerns.

    If we do not allow ourselves room for agreeing to disagree, then we are doing a disservice to the company in not managing its most important resource – humans.

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