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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…

What’s your take on this?

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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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