DeLynn Berry

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The answer is HCD leadership – decide what would free people up to be as smart, motivated and responsible as possible, and design a workplace to that “highest common denominator”. People hired into that workplace will understand that by being a self-motivated, self-managed adult, they will have ownership over their lives at work, and make more money. It’s motivating to reach up to attain something (HCD Leadership), not to just work a little harder than necessary (LCD Management).

- Chuck Blakeman / Why It Isn’t Hard to Find Self-Managed Stakeholders

Apr 4

[Servant leadership] is really the only sane way to run an organization. See, the pointy-haired boss? Bill Lumbergh? He’s the default. He’s what you get if you don’t take management and leadership seriously and skeptically. He’s what you get when your managers are eager, rather than reluctant, to manage. And you can implement all the holacracy you want, but Lumbergh is always out there. A flat organization is a hundred-dollar bill laying on the sidewalk to these people. To a charismatic sociopath, or a good old-fashioned schemer, an organization without good servant leaders is like a field of wheat to a locust. Good management culture is your immune system against douchebags.

- Be a Manager — Servant Leadership (via Buzz)

Apr 4

If great managers seem scarce, it’s because the talent required to be one is rare. Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.

Gallup’s research reveals that about one in ten people possess all these necessary traits. While many people are endowed with some of them, few have the unique combination of talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company’s performance. These 10%, when put in manager roles, naturally engage team members and customers, retain top performers, and sustain a culture of high productivity. Combined, they contribute about 48% higher profit to their companies than average managers.

- Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Apr 3

It was obvious why our team wasn’t working: People didn’t trust each other. The result was a culture of obfuscation and backstabbing in which we achieved less than we were capable of achieving.

- The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies - NYTimes.com

Does the Amazon model really exist in Corporate America? (via Organizational Charts | Bonkers World)

Does the Amazon model really exist in Corporate America? (via Organizational Charts | Bonkers World)

(via How we treat our computers - sticky comics)

(via How we treat our computers - sticky comics)

Brave Trailer (by DisneyPixar)

(via The Shoze Blog: brorwser wars)

(via The Shoze Blog: brorwser wars)

Don't should on yourself

Dec 9

Raptorize: An awesome jQuery plugin that unleahes a Raptor - ZURB Playground - ZURB.com

Dec 7

CSS formatting · dropshado.ws

Dec 7

RailsWizard

Dec 7

Happy Repeal day everyone! — photo at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen http://gowal.la/c/34iGU

Dec 7

Getting to see the inner workings of a large company’s board room. — at Republic Plaza http://gowal.la/c/34gUW