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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!


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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!


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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So, you’ve hear about LEAN and decided to implement it? Congratulations! There’s a lot to learn and you will see it. There’s so much to learn, so I won’t introduce Lean Fatigue here – just a few hints as you enter the path…

* Lean is basically a philosopy – lots of Lean ventures fail in “Metodus Monumentalis” – entering too many new methods, and hence forgetting the mentality. All leadership starts in your own brain, belief system – and actions!

* No Blame is a MUST. We often hear “No Blame… but…” The NB Mentality is here to open our brains, to try and retract it from the fast-protect response to new (and to some level threatening) idea. By introducing an NB Culture ideas (and hidden problems, never before brought to the surface – no-one dared, or though there was value in it!) will flow – and opportunities to evolve and develop will be numerous!

* Customer IS king! And transparency will show this! By means of blogs, tweets and visual means such as photos and videos will prove concepts, and disapprove statements. As colleague Joakim Jardenberg puts it: “Be honest and do good shit”. All people are potential reporters. And your staff are heroes – let them show it! Be transparent with your processes!


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Lots of kickoffs of course fulfill the most important issues in our organizations – to have fun and build our teams. However too many are not reaching the target:
To make it obvious to us that  all colleagues are needed and are our local experts.

An “un-conference” can make up for this! Why not make at least part of your coming kickoff an unconf?

Cognition: Really great way to share knowledge, get acquainted, get feedback, clash ideas, make speakers listen and listeners talk

Coaching: Great opportunity to learn of other perspectives, give and receive feedback

Unified communication: make use of your tools as webcams, chat rooms, live streaming, sharing

Lean and structure: make some meetings and sharing tools regular in your everyday life at work, work with “no blame” focus, for groups of continuous improvements, build structures together

How to do it:

1. Arrange for a couple of spots – outside or inside depending on location, time and weather

2. make up a grid of the localities in colums and time slots (hour by hour is preferable)

3. at a certain moment – relase the spots, make people go for 20 min or 40 minute spots, 10 and 20 min’s are for questions, respectively

References and more:


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I’m realizing I’ve started to use a new tool. It wasn’t planned. I didn’t really need it, nor ask for it. It rather followed me – and proved its value slowly. And now it’s part of my toolbox. What? I’m talking about the #crowdsearch. Users of the Flickr service are daily digging through my vast material of photos and videos. Given the amount of pictures (approx 13,000) and no of views (approx 105,000) it’s not far from “random”. Or is it? I guess sociologists would find patterns. To me – it’s great for imaging creativity in several dimensions. Daily, I’m facing pictures like these:

Visitors are – not far from what archeologists do – showing me stuff from my own archive. They not necessarily LIKE what they see – but someone chose to open it – and it must mean SOMETHING. And to me – it’s great inspiration, great for my collective memory – and my only commitment is to gradually add tags, descriptions, bylines, people – and sometimes – editing in PicNic (which is extremely intuitive) to enhance early pictures of my iPhones.

How can #crowdsearching make difference to you?

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