Evolutionary biology is one of the models adaptive leadership has at its core. This is important because evolution, the process by which successive change is passed from parent to offspring in the hopes the offspring will thrive, also applies to organisations and the way they operate. Adaptive…
"One cannot help being struck by the way in which the cells in an organism not only cooperate but cooperate in a specific direction towards the fulfilment and maintenance of the type of the particular organism which they constitute. ” — Jan Smuts     One of the most remarkable aspects of natural…
2022 is already off to a strong start for the team at SoftEd as they welcome back agile, leadership and culture expert Shane Hastie. He returns to SoftEd as the new Global Delivery Lead responsible for taking the SoftEd vision to the world.   On re-joining the team, Shane had this to say,  "SoftEd…
Speed and effectiveness. That’s the ideal communication goal for any successful initiative. It’s not hard to achieve – if the team is disciplined and united. If the team is dysfunctional and fragmented, no sophisticated collaboration app or amount of communication finesse will help.   That’s the…
In business, “strategy” most often aligns with the secondary definitions Merriam-Webster offers: “a careful plan or method” or “the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal”. The operative word here is “plan”. In simple terms, strategy is about making plans and carrying them…
“The future of project management is product management. ” That’s a popular sentiment these days. Is it true? If so, what does it mean? How does it work? What does it look like? Let’s start with the foundation supporting the statement.   First is the general distinction drawn between projects and…
"To many an unsophisticated human being, the universe of stars seems only a fancy backdrop, provided for embellishing his own and his fellow creatures’ performances. On the other hand, from the converse position, that of the universe of stars, not only all human beings but the totality of life is…
Minimalism verse growthism  This hackneyed phrase, or variations of it, reverberate so frequently around the echo chamber of business that many accept the relentless pursuit of growth as an incontrovertible ideal. Here is a typical proclamation:  "The growth culture isn't a component of a company's…
The word "portfolio" is from the Italian word "portafoglio", which in 1719 translated to a case for carrying loose papers. Today's definition is much broader but based on the same concept of organising different things into one defined container. In the context of business or organisational…
Stakeholder management is about facilitating interaction between and among people. It is an activity best performed with intention. Done well, stakeholder management involves a number of skills, specifically: discovery, analysis, and diplomacy.   Discovery  Bringing people together in meaningful…
The word politics has negative connotations for most people. It conjures up scenes of back-stabbing, double-dealing, entrenched positions and just generally duplicitous behavior. But working “politically” doesn’t have to include any of those things. In fact, learning how to recognise and deal with…
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. " — Franklin Delano Roosevelt.      To create brave spaces, spaces that foster constructive criticism and dissent, the fear of confrontation needs…
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