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We humans are programmed to be cooperative. When we’re not, it’s often an indication of that something isn’t right. To start off – buildings and rooms should talk the language of “collaboration”. How?

Open area in the middle – often a stove place in old cottages.

Social areas that are designed for meetings – like coffee machines

Paper and crayons – nothing talks to our creative and collaborative mind as drawing and sketching

Being a freelancer, mostly at my customers site, I gave up having an office years ago. I now reside mostly at cafes and hotel lobbys. Hotels bring something more: fresh ideas from the outside. More on that in another post…

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Nokia may be on the decline – but not all employees go down with the ship – if it sinks (there may still be time). Some former employees of Nokia are breaking loose and putting their bets on a high-end market smartphone. The Jolla.

It’s a very interesting move – from several perspectives:

* Entrancy tickets are cheaper than in the 90’s and 00’s
* They need to belong to an eco system
* Users won’t settle with anything else than an excellent User Interface

More on Forbes on this.

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En uppföljning på posten från i förrgår. Här är originalet.

Alla verksamheter har likheter – och skillnader. Några av de villkor som kan vara speciella i en kreativ verksamhet kan vi också hantera och kanske utveckla genom nyttjande av några insikter från LUCK-konceptet:

Skapa plats för innovation och kreativ höjd:

Centralt i Lean är “remove the fear” – att träna oss i att se till att glädjen att skapa blir större än rädslan att göra fel. Hur? Genom “no blame” från lean-perspektivet bestämmer vi oss för en positiv attityd till både förslag och misstag. Gör vi något galet kan vi stå för det – för vi vet att vi inte bestraffas för det vi gjort fel – vi tar tag i hur vi kan förbättra det istället.

Ett stöttande förhållingssätt – genom det coachande förhållningssättet stöttar jag “uppåt och framåt”, se till att den dialog du för driver framåt. Rätt/fel-diskussioner sänker ofta båda parter och leder mest till stillastående. Vilket leder till tillbakagång.

Något verkligt roligt i kombinationen coaching och lean är visualiseringen. Kjell Enhagers “glassbumerang” är en av mina favoriter. I korthet går den ut på “Jag vet att du inte vet hur du ska….. – men OM du visste det – hur skulle det se ut då?” Genom visualiseringen blir det tydligt, vi kan “se” varianter av lösningen. Genom att samtala i presens (nutid) lurar vi hjärnan att vi redan “är” vid lösningen. Detta gör att hjärnan kan känna igen sig och chansen till måluppfyllande ökar.

Ansvarskännande: Att lösa uppgifter på vägen mot någon annans mål är rätt så demotiverande. I nästan all verksamhet kan delaktighet vara en avgörande del. Så även i kreativ verksamhet. Genom att vända på “kuttingen” blir ansvaret – och insikterna – djupare. “Hur lyder uppgiften?” “Vad är det kunden är ute efter?” “Har kunden rätt i detta fall?” “När ska det vara klart?” “Varför är det vikigt att det är klart i tid?”

Var detta klargörande?
Om ja – ge gärna egna exempel!
Om nej – ställ gärna frågor!

Johan

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Some say, avtually quite a lot of people 🙂 that the iPad is only for reading and consuming on-line data. I agree, its a great tool for all of that, not to mention all graphical interfaces for location-based services,
But – I think it’s great tool for prodiåutivity as well! As a writer I regularly get into writers blocking. Procrastinating, low on energy are common states when this occurs. Part of the blocking being expectations and demands, the iPad comes in handy.
To my brain, it speaks another language in creating: while the Mac says “come on, be productive! These are office hours! The iPad’s like that kid screaming “come play!”
And that’s exactly what I do to release my blockings.

Write: either a plan email that I addreas to my Evernote folder.
Sketches: simpler ones – Drawing Pad – finer in details- Paper
Video: built in camera – or Movie360 – preferably using the Sketch filter

I’m not alone: Check Martha Stuart’s work: http://gigaom.com/apple/ipad-not-for-creation-martha-stewart-disagrees/?utm_source=General+Users&utm_campaign=93d9deb5e9-c%3Aapl+d%3A06-22&utm_medium=email

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Soooo many organisations asking questions refer to “the blame game” in their organisations, making it more important to be prepared for the attack than being forgiving and – creative! Why is “No Blame” SO important in Lean organisations? Well, they’ve discovered that if you are allowed to make misstakes you are more likely to take correct decisions.

The reasons are evident: our brain contains since millions of years means and functions to protect ourselves – physically as well as mentally. But – this machine is built for a hostile environment in the past, an environment few of us meet daily. (And should we do so – do not worry – the protective system starts in microseconds!)

So – train yourself in shaping a “no blame” culture. If we excercise often, soon it’s a normal behaviour of yours.

How?Before blamining – ask for their reason. Search for several solutions. And if you’re a manager – excercise delegating to a higher degree.
Less motivated staff? Check their view of your common targets and goals. Are they understood? triggering? Increase involvement, follow up more often (but in a no-blame-manner)

So, what do you think about this?

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Three singers in a vocal ensemble out of the Stockholm Nation of Uppsala University. An instruction video for the 10 head group went viral. One of our commercial TV channels TV4 covered it (live performance at the end!)

The Guardian covered the story

They of course checked rights with Robyn (@robynkonichiwa on Twitter) – a talent musician all interested in music and internet as well as cutting value chains should keep track of!

Now, you may want to look into this group. They don’t read sheet music. In fact, they learn singing the pretty much the way we learned singing in the Barbershop Chorus where I started singing in ’92

It’s about listening, releasing passion and performing in a way that engages and includes the audience. Traditional choir singing is beautiful and often difficult, but where’s the passion? No solo singer would sing from a binder…

This chorus is bound for success – why not visit us a Friday soon at Club Jambalaya? You are certainly MOST welcome!

Conclusions?

I have mine – you start!

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Wow! Only about an hour after I released part 1 there was a request for part 2. OK, let’s live this in full:

* Make sure top manangement REALLY got it! Unless you have top management support – don’t do it. You are in every detail extremely dependant on support from upper management. Action: Ask for “mentality to match the methods”, if this doesn’t work you MAY go for second best: An Agile mentality and methodology on your own level. This refers to the “Greenhouse Model” – creating a local culture that lasts as long as you are allowed to.

* Make sure everybody else got it! My most common question when I meet for training/consulting sessions with my customers is “Why are we doing this? WHY LEAN?” Since the coaching mentality is key in my LUCK concept, I need to live, sleep, eat and use that mentality, basically meaning “I am not gonna tell you – you will tell me”. And I’m not looking for a rehearsed story – I want everyone to be transparent. If there’s resistance, let’s meet it. If they hate “Lean” then lets look for what details don’t work in this workplace. One very common misstake is believing it’s a “one size fits all” model. It’s not – it needs refining on the level of work. Dialogue, and often referring to goals, means to reach them and, if needed cash flow and other key numbers of leadership. We are all here to create results!

* VOC – Listen to the “voice of the customer” Haven’t we heard it just tooo often? “Customer is king”, “let’s put the customer first”. Yeah RIGHT! You know what often happened… In Lean in general – and in LUCK in particular – let’s make our processes transparent enough to be on the David Letterman show! Most renowned restaurants have an open wall policy allowing all customers to watch all processes in detail. Now, that didn’t happen without resistance! Some chefs vigourusly fought this. “We can’t do that!!! Customers just don’t wanna see our filthy….” So. No Blame. Clean it up. Tear down the wall. Even SMILE! Tell your customers of your secrets. And what happened to chefs standards, average salary, even media? Transparency is here to stay. Don’t fight it – embrace it!

End of part two.

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