Work group. Committee. Autonomous collective. Whatever you call it, you’re part of one at Google and probably wherever you work: a team. So if we know what makes managers great, why don’t we know what makes a team great? Update: Check out the re:Work guide Understand team effectiveness for the full story on Google's team effectiveness research as well as tools to help teams foster psychological safety. Managing Transitions – Letting Go « BWR Consulting Blog. Bridges-3-Phases-of-Transition.png (1131×603) In Times of Change, Go Slow to Go Fast. Lean Manufacturing Blog, Kaizen Articles and Advice.
By Jon Miller | Post Date: July 8, 2009 6:55 PM | Comments: 6 My Japanese teachers often spoke about making processes flow "like a single brushstroke".
It was and still is a phrase difficult to translate. Often I would mimic picking up a calligraphy brush and sweeping it in a u-shape to demonstrate to others what the our sensei was trying to convey. To explain in a few words, the process should move continuously and smoothly as a brushstroke, not leaving the paper until the motion was complete, and when the brush returns to the original position the shape should be simple and elegant. When we design work as repetitive cycles that are easy to perform at a high value-added content, we experience this calligraphy brushstroke-thing the sensei talked about. U shaped cells At a nuts-and-bolts level, the u-shaped cell we see in factories, warehouses, and increasingly in transactional environments is an example of the power of the u-shape.
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The Five Stages of Coping with Sustainability. The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) – designed for students who want to understand the nature of organizations, collaborative practices, and transformative change.
By Dennis T. Jaffe, Ph.D Going Green would be easy if people were rational. Instead, even the most well-intentioned companies find that becoming sustainable is like a trip to the analyst’s couch. They find themselves asking “why are such simple changes so hard?” It turns out that sustainability initiatives are often as emotionally difficult as they are logistically challenging – and companies that don’t take this into account are asking for trouble. Being sustainable usually interferes with how people do things and, at least at first, makes it harder to work. A private office has always been sacred; but it’s not always an efficient use of space. It demands emotional and behavioral adjustment to adopt such new behaviors. Dennis T. Respecting the five Stages of Grief within Change Processes. Respecting the five Stages of Grief within Change Processes During several consultations I am asking myself “is this company ready for Change”?
Is the management aware what will happen if they will start implementing the shiny plans made by The Boston Consulting Group or McKinsey? In a second step I am asking myself an even more important question “is this business ready for the impact of Change”? And why am I asking this myself? Because management often forgets that their white collar situation is a totally different one from the one of all the blue collar employees and lower management positions (you can check the why here, if you take a look at my article on the marathon-effect of Change). The-five-stages-of-grief.jpg (400×304) Cycle-du-deuil.png (1632×972) The Positive Change Cycle. Disciplines > Change Management > The psychology of change The Positive Change Cycle Uninformed optimism | Informed pessimism | Informed optimism | Completion | See also Just as there is a negative cycle of emotions experienced when the change is not to the liking of the person in question, so also is there a positive cycle.
Not all people experience change as a bad thing: some will benefit from the change, whilst others just find change in itself intriguing and exciting. Uninformed optimism In the first stage of positive change, the person is excited and intrigued by the change. And for a time after the change (sometimes sadly short), there is a 'honeymoon period', during which they are positively happy with the change.
Informed pessimism The honeymoon period does not last forever and the rose-tinted glasses start to fade as the untidiness of reality starts to bite. This pushes them over into a period of gloom when they realize that perfection, after all, is not that easy to attain. Engineers talk chemicals, bio, safety, energy, sustainability. July 20th, 2010By RC Ramaswamy | Image via Wikipedia Isaac Asimov was an American professor of biochemistry at Boston University.
But he was most well known as a one of the most prolific writers of science fiction and popular science books. He was also famous for a quote. Kubler ross model environment. Google’s Take on “Change Aversion” Misses the Point. If we take the post written by Google UX Researcher Aaron Sedley as Google’s philosophy on why users get upset at design changes, then we can easily understand why users get upset when Google makes changes to their design.
From what we know about how users think about the designs they are using, it’s clear Google doesn’t understand why they get the reactions they do. It’s not that users don’t like change or are averse to it. In fact, people love change. You can see that in the world around you all the time. One of my favorite examples comes from B.J. Change aversion: why users hate what you launched (and what to do about it) Change is good.
When a product becomes more fun or makes us more efficient, we embrace change. Technology startups often lead the way, rapidly iterating in an ongoing effort to create better experiences for their users. Change-satisfaction-trend.png (1349×529) Change-satisfaction-trend. Raymond Kurzweil.