“Trust the employees”, is what Agile consultants usually tell the managers. But how exactly can they do that next Monday morning?
“Be a servant leader”, is the advice that is given to the managers. But what items should they serve to the people on Friday afternoon?
“Stand back from the team”, is what we sometimes hear people say. But how far should the managers stand back, precisely? 10 meters? 20 meters?
We have noticed that most management advice is not actionable.
We’re aiming for a book with actionable management advice. Practical things that people can do next Monday morning, in order to grow an organization that is fit and healthy. And not only managers, but everyone who is concerned about the management of an organization. Because, management is too important to be left to the managers. The whole organization should participate in the workout.
That’s why the working title is Management Workout.
We have noticed that concrete actionable advice is usually most appreciated. People report they want to experiment with ideas, such as authority boards, moving motivators, visual goal setting, impediment doors, team values, bonus systems, and much more.
With this book we want to give you exactly that: much more.
The book will (hopefully) be ready some time late in 2013. In the meantime we hope to get some people involved. People who want to experiment with the exercises, who want to give feedback, and tell us how the ideas worked out for them (or how they didn’t). We hope for people to send us cool photos and inspiring stories, amazing ideas and crazy thoughts.
We hope one of those people is you.