Use your Board Cleverly

Some­ti­mes in small to mid-sized Civil-Socie­­ty-Orga­­ni­za­­ti­ons (CSOs), my expe­ri­ence is that the Board only nomi­nal­ly exists. A cau­se might be that mem­bers were tal­ked into joi­ning the Board wit­hout real deter­mi­na­ti­on (“some­bo­dy has to do this”). Or sala­ried employees form the Board. The lat­ter may lead to con­flict of inte­rest, sin­ce the Board as governing […]

What does my organization need in order to learn?

Lear­ning Orga­niza­ti­ons” (LO) are orga­niza­ti­ons in moti­on, crea­tively adap­ting to chan­ging envi­ron­ments. They under­stand that the deve­lo­p­ment of their staff and teams crea­tes the basis for their suc­cess as orga­niza­ti­ons, no mat­ter whe­ther they are a muni­ci­pal admi­nis­tra­ti­on, a fac­to­ry that pro­du­ces metal parts, or a hotel.  One fac­tor that is indis­pensable for LO is to […]

Don't lose your face

I do not want you to lose your face

When the rela­ti­onship bet­ween an employee and her or his super­vi­sor or manage­ment turns sour, mutu­al trust is lost. Both sides have oppo­sing views on who is to bla­me. On the who­le, not so many job com­ple­te­ly fail. But if they do, the result quite often is a pain­ful and deman­ding situa­ti­on both for the […]

Empowering team leader

Empowering leadership in a team

An acquain­tance of mine works for a lar­ge public insti­tu­ti­on. She recent­ly told me how dif­fi­cult team work has beco­me due to an over­sen­si­ti­ve col­le­ague. In fact, the situa­ti­on in her team has beco­me so unbe­ara­ble, that after a vaca­ti­on she had lost all moti­va­ti­on to return to her job. All attempts so far to […]

Graffiti: Hamsterrad, treadmill, vacation

Shut down the email treadmill

When­ever I return from a vaca­ti­on, I know that the­re will be up to 1000 emails wai­ting for me. I will need 2 – 3 weeks to catch up, negle­c­ting other tasks. Some­ti­mes I think it might be saner to not go on vaca­ti­ons any­mo­re.“ This is the depres­sing rea­li­ty for mil­li­ons of employees: It […]