Who Watches Over Your Team’s Boundaries?

Who Watches Over Your Team’s Boundaries?

Your company probably has some system administrators responsible for setup and maintenance of software tools. And I’m sure it also has one or more financial administrators taking care of your company’s money flows. But what if the financial team needs a new software tool? Who decides what will be purchased and installed? The system admins? Or the finance admins? Read...
Team Membership: Controlled or Self-organized?

Team Membership: Controlled or Self-organized?

Every team, business unit, community, or company has members. Members are those who feel that they belong to, or are part of, the group. They can be either people or other (sub)groups, or even both. But who decides who is a member of your team or community? In my company Happy Melly One, team membership is a joint responsibility for our self-organizing team and me. Read...
How to Scale Your Purpose

How to Scale Your Purpose

The emergence of purpose differs a lot from group to group. We can plot these purposes on a scale from efficient to effective and from specialized to generalized. Read...
Where Does the Leadership Come From?

Where Does the Leadership Come From?

Without leadership, the team or company is nothing more than an arbitrary group. It could be just a line of people waiting for the bus, or getting a coffee at Starbucks. The leader is the one who takes responsibility for moving the group in a certain direction. Read...
The Formation of Teams and Communities

The Formation of Teams and Communities

Group formation is a complex affair. There is no One Best Way to form groups, whether they are teams, departments, business units, squads, or guilds. Sometimes, a group is formed to quickly exploit an opportunity and some amount of direction and control may be beneficial to achieve efficiency. Other times, a unit assembles to explore an uncertain future and it may benefit from a higher level of self-organization to achieve effectivity. Read...