The Blog

Gradual fabrication of thoughts while writing.

Purpose and Trust in Crisis

Remote work and lead­er­ship at a dis­tance is based on pur­pose and trust. Where these are miss­ing, the coro­na cri­sis becomes a cri­sis of pur­pose and trust. One can learn from this — or reboot the pre­vi­ous oper­at­ing sys­tem of the orga­ni­za­tion as quick­ly as possible.

Blog Parade #remoteworks

After weeks of dis­trib­uted coop­er­a­tion it is time to draw a bal­ance. This blog parade is itself an exer­cise in dis­trib­uted asyn­chro­nous col­lab­o­ra­tion, a vir­tu­al ret­ro­spec­tive to reflect on the oppor­tu­ni­ties and lim­i­ta­tions of home office and remote work, in order to iden­ti­fy suc­cess fac­tors and pre­vent us from falling back into the old rut. 

Cynefin and Corona

Although the SARS-CoV­‑2 virus is cer­tain­ly not a wel­come but nev­er­the­less a good rea­son to reflect on how to deal with com­plex­i­ty and deci­sion-mak­ing in com­plex to chaot­ic sit­u­a­tions. The Cynefin frame­work by David Snow­den pro­vides a very help­ful frame­work to this end.

Setting the Right Course in Times of Crisis

Is this art, or does it need clear­ing away? The cri­sis is lead­ing to con­sol­i­da­tion in many places. Short-term earn­ings today are inevitably gain­ing the upper hand over spec­u­la­tive ideas for the day after tomor­row. The art of ambidex­ter­i­ty, how­ev­er, can­not be cleared away for this very rea­son! Diver­si­ty and dis­sent are espe­cial­ly impor­tant now to find the right balance. 

Crisis as an Opportunity

Despite the pre­scribed and advised spa­tial dis­tance, peo­ple move clos­er togeth­er and show more inter­est and under­stand­ing for each oth­er. If we could pre­serve this for the time after the Coro­na pan­dem­ic and do not imme­di­ate­ly fall back into old pat­terns, much would be gained.

Video Conferencing Is Not a Solution Either

Now that so many peo­ple are work­ing at home, the ques­tion aris­es how to work togeth­er well remote­ly. Spa­tial­ly dis­trib­uted col­lab­o­ra­tion does not only hap­pen through video con­fer­enc­ing, but also and pri­mar­i­ly requires writ­ten and asyn­chro­nous communication.

Leadership is Relationship

Lead­er­ship takes place in and through rela­tion­ships — lead­er­ship is rela­tion­ship. We deter­mine whether these are filled with fear or with equal dig­ni­ty, the counter-pro­pos­al to the author­i­tar­i­an edu­ca­tion of the Dan­ish fam­i­ly ther­a­pist Jes­per Juul, which can very well be trans­ferred to oth­er lead­er­ship relationships.

A Big Little Miracle

The new decade could not have start­ed bet­ter. After Marie and Ella, our lives were blessed with anoth­er big lit­tle mir­a­cle last night. Over­whelmed, speech­less and incred­i­bly proud…

Everyday Sabotage

Are you tired of end­less meet­ings and a nev­er-end­ing cycle of office life? The Sim­ple Sab­o­tage Field Man­u­al, pub­lished by the Office of Strate­gic Ser­vices (pre­de­ces­sor of the CIA) in 1944, reveals tac­tics for under­min­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and morale in orga­ni­za­tions. Even today, these tac­tics are alarm­ing­ly relevant.

The Crux of Meetings

Just like T., the pro­tag­o­nist in last week’s frag­ment of my nov­el “On the Handrail into the Deci­­sion-Mak­ing Cir­cle”, many peo­ple are con­front­ed with the same sit­u­a­tion several…

Complex or Complicated?

The naive and intu­itive use of lan­guage some­times mix­es and over­lays things that should be clear­ly dis­tin­guished. Pop­u­lar among edi­tors are, for exam­ple, the terms appar­ent­ly and seemingly.…

In Titanic’s Ballroom

Sever­al so called agile trans­for­ma­tions ulti­mate­ly end with peo­ple danc­ing rock ’n’ roll instead of a slow waltz in Titan­ic’s ball­room and some beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed deckchairs. And even if…