Remember that childhood game, “Hot Potato”? You would take a ball, beanbag or other item and pretend it’s a hot potato. As soon as you got it you’d pass it on to the next person. Then at the end of the music, a timer or just a random announcement from the game master – whoever is holding the hot potato loses.
Child’s game? Or is it how we manage our companies? If it is, we need to find a way out of this trap. It kills productivity, destroys job satisfaction and dooms us to a world of enforced mediocrity. That’s what I was thinking about the other day. Here’s how it started. Continue reading
This is a story about the future impact that Waterloo can have on the country and maybe even the world. But it’s NOT about Blackberry. Crazy, you say?
Today, on a beautiful Friday afternoon in late September – what could be one of the last great summer-like days of the year we did somethign crazy. We said “to heck with that” and headed indoors to a crowded lecture theatre in the Engineering building at the University of Waterloo. It was worth every minute. Continue reading
The sad reality of change is that most attempts at organizational change are destined to fail. Sometimes the failures are overt and obvious – the change encounters a wall of opposition that simply cannot be overcome. Contrary to the famous Star Trek quote, resistance is not futile. It’s often covert. But it’s also very effective.
But let’s say you do everything right and manage the resistance and you even get some initial results. Are you destined for success? Rarely. If you come back to that same organization weeks or months later you may see some of the trappings of the change – but it’s real effect will more often than not be undetectable.
But it’s better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all, right?
Actually, not really. Continue reading