The Cultivated

Management Philosophy

Pillars of Life

The first step is to take care of yourself by building on the Pillars of Life and ensuring you are focussing on what’s important to you in life.

Life is short – don’t fill it with someone else’s dreams, goals and activities. It’s yours to live. Focus on the right things, at the right time for your right season of life. You should spend time working on:

  • Your education
  • Your health
  • Your family
  • Your finances and money
  • Your impact on society at work and the wider society
  • Your effectiveness

If you do this, you’ll have more to offer your people. You’ll have a better life. You won’t give away your life to an organisation. You stand more chance of building the life you want and need.

Be effective and liked

Be Effective and Liked

The second step is to become unbelievably effective AND liked. We’ve all met those people who are effective but hard to work with and disliked. Equally, we’ve met those people who are lovely. Like Cuddly Bears. But we all wonder what they do all day and why they’re still employed.

Your job is to be effective AND liked. To tread the line carefully and know when to flex either way.

The best way to do this is know exactly what’s expected of you as a manager and develop a Superpower in the world of business…

– Effective communication skills.

Release Agility

The third step is to Release Agility in your organisation.

Your goal is to free, unlock and release the agility in your organisation. Agility follows action and overcoming of obstacles. As you free more agility you discover more problems – and so the cycle continues in the journey to forever moving more quickly and easily towards your business goals. No agile framework will help you do this.

It’s quite simple really.

1) You paint a bright future picture of where you and the organisation is heading

2) You are honest and identify the reasons why you’re not there yet. What’s stopping you?

3) You build the right team to get it done by Building Strong People Foundations:

  • Explaining what role people have and what problem they help to solve.
  • Setting expectations and helping people live up to them.
  • Understanding people’s goals and helping them achieve it.
  • Explaining what success looks like.
  • Ensuring everybody knows what everybody else does – and how they can all help each other.

4) You make these behaviours habitual and adopt a philosophy of productivity that suits your work and business ethos.

5) And you learn your way through the journey. There is always a way to be better.

Agility is about moving quickly and easily towards your goal. Releasing means to set free.

Culture is nothing more than group habits

Releasing Agility always requires a culture change, yet most companies approach this by trying to “coach” their way to a new way of working rather than addressing the real and obvious problem – ineffective management.

The reality is that company culture is nothing more than group habits – it’s what people do everyday. Agile frameworks and coaches don’t change this (at least not very quickly). The best way to encourage different behaviours is through management.

If you want to change a culture, you must change behaviours.

People must therefore change their behaviours – and this is never achieved by awareness pieces, slogans, powerpoint slides and company Ra Ra.

It is achieved through HR initiatives rolled out by managers who encourage behaviour change by setting the standard, giving feedback and dealing with low performance. This is the role of Management.

I believe in management

– even in agile teams.

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