Category Systems Thinking at Work

The Spice of Life

Originally posted on Squire to the Giants:
Variety is the spice of life. If everything were the same it would be rather boring. Happily, there is natural variety in everything. Let me use an example to explain: I was thinking about this as I was walking the dog the other day. I use the same…

Conversations with Nancy White around the implementation of CIAT’s internal communications strategy

Conversations with Nancy White around the implementation of CIAT’s internal communications strategy. Love this frank conversation around learning within the organization. So important to recognize that organizations are people and so everything we do is mediated by those people.

monitoring performance to death

In economics opting for the middle ground is usually best. But in this case, the extremes seem to be a better choice: monitor hard, or do not monitor at all. A little bit of monitoring only annoys the good workers, causing them to slacken off. And sometimes the wisest thing is just to let people […]

The 3-minute purpose test

Brava Systemsthinkingforgirls! She is so funny. And yet so wise!

The 10-minute clarity test

Great reflections from Systemsthinkingforgirls

Sisyphus rocks

In my last post, I was thinking about what we do when we do what we do when we do performance management. And I concluded that the way we manage performance at the moment takes loads of time and does nothing to improve performance. (If you want some reflections on what ‘manage’ means anyway – […]

Sisyphean tasks at work

King Sisyphus was punished in Greek mythology for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever (thanks Wikipedia). And this is what our performance tools at work feel like. No sooner have we completed one set of […]