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Staple Yourself To It

Staple Yourself To It

A powerful way of doing basic process improvement is to map out a process visually and then improve it. In other words, staple yourself (metaphorically, not physically!) to a work item and watch it flow (or not). Sounds simple but it can be hard to achieve in practice. I use the term “staple yourself” as it’s easier to imagine and talk about with people who might otherwise be turned off by Value Stream Mapping or Service Design (This process is…

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Develop your super-power in the world of management

Develop your super-power in the world of management

“And for gosh’s sake, watch your language!” Tony Stark, Superhero. Film : Avengers – Age of Ultron   When I first published the 10 Behaviours of Effective Employees and started presenting the associated Keynote, I got asked the same question from my readers and viewers ; “if you could pick just one of the behaviours which one would it be?” (You can grab a free copy of the book here btw) It is a good question and really easy to answer…

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Tools often amplify underlying behaviours, failures and disconnects

Tools often amplify underlying behaviours, failures and disconnects

Oh a new toy! Robocop, Movie, 1987 It can be a slippery road to go down as a manager when you start to rely on technology to solve problems that you don’t fully understand. Without knowing your problems deeply it’s possible that tech solutions will only worsen your current predicament.   Technology is a huge enabler but it can typically amplify underlying behaviours, failures and disconnects. It makes these underlying problems more deep rooted and harder to solve. If people don’t…

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Moving from maker to manager

Moving from maker to manager

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart Becoming a manager is a hard job. Most people become managers after being great individual contributors. One minute they’re making things, the next they’re managing people and processes. It can be hard work making the shift and you shouldn’t expect it to happen overnight. Many managers continue to…

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5 Reasons To Build A Development Team In Poland

5 Reasons To Build A Development Team In Poland

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to help build, grow and scale a team in Wroclaw, Poland. It’s been a highlight of my career and one I shall always remember. Poland is one of the many growing and rapidly expanding countries where the tech industry is investing heavily and the local industry is booming.  Of course, cost is a leading factor for why many companies build teams in Poland, but what I’ve discovered is there is a…

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With a wider awareness you will be surprised less often

With a wider awareness you will be surprised less often

“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.” ― Judy Blume, Author The wider your awareness the less surprised you will be. But in order to be surprised less often you need to listen, embrace help from others and take an active approach in widening your awareness. To help with this ongoing and essential activity for managers I fall back to a trusty nested circle model. In the centre of the…

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10 Ideas for managing people who work remotely

10 Ideas for managing people who work remotely

10 Ideas for managing people who work remotely If you’re building a remote team it’s super crucial to treat them the same as you would your local team – and this often means making big changes to yourself and how you work. Remote teams need more active communications and can often feel disconnected from the main office. To get the most from your team take your role as manager to the next level with these 10 ideas: 1. Hire good…

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The Cultivated Core

The Cultivated Core

The Cultivated Core This page is all about the Cultivate Core – and what it means to you as a manager 1. Focus on YOU At the core of Cultivated Management is a belief that we must Cultivate ourselves as managers in many aspects of our lives. Our management is never more or less than the person we are. So to become a better manager we must become a better person. To talk about being a better manager means to…

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Cultivated Foundations

Cultivated Foundations

Cultivated Foundations Management is about getting the tension between work, life and health tensing in the right way. It’s not easy and disaster can strike if you let it get out of balance. Below is the core focus of my coaching. mentoring and my general approach to building teams. Health and Longevity You need your health. You need your friends and family. You need the tension between work and life to be tense in the right way. That “way” is…

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Cultivated Management Core Guiding Principles

Cultivated Management Core Guiding Principles

Cultivated Management Core Guiding Principles These principles are my principles to management. They change as I do. You may resonate with them. Better is a beautiful word – we can always be better Treat People Like People – be kind and treat people as you wish to be treated If you’re not having fun with it, be done with it – management and work should be fun for you and your team Build stable teams & flow work through them…

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