Articles Tagged With: "self-managed teams"

Workforce Democracy: Put heart back in the workplace

Workforce Democracy: Put heart back in the workplace

Mark Dowds, from Brainpark, is a leading thinker and practitioner in the emerging area of Workforce Democracy - an innovation which is beginning to radically change work places by replacing 'command and control' with self-organisation. I invited Mark to write a short intro on the subject as part of my "Think Differently" series because it resonates strongly with Bioteams.


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Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox

Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox
Is leadership superfluous in a self-managing team? Aren't self-managing teams supposed to be self-sustaining and self-sufficient? Associate Professor Paul Tesluk, writing for INSEAD Knowledge, wants to correct this misconception in a short article with supporting video clip.

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Amazing teamwork without technology: the dabbawala collective

Amazing teamwork without technology: the dabbawala collective
The Economist, July 16th 2008, reports on “The cult of the dabbawala” a 5000 strong collective who are the direct descendants of a 17th century Indian warrior king. The dabbawalla have developed a fantastic reputation for organisational excellence and amazing teamwork all based on a collective leadership model without the need for any technology!

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Did ants invent the perfect mobile communications system

Did ants invent the perfect mobile communications system
Ants interact using a system known as pheromones, involving sending 'chemical messages' to their community through smell and taste. It is also one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of group communication on the planet with many features today's mobile and virtual teams would die for!

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Why penguins have no commanding officer

Why penguins have no commanding officer
Humankind is the only species that places its trust in a small group of "leaders" to determine the best direction for the whole group. In his follow-up article to Did ants invent the perfect system for communicating via mobile technology? Ken Thompson, explores whether we can learn a thing or two about leadership from nature's most successful teams.

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Video: How do ants know what to do?

Video: How do ants know what to do?
Armed with a few students, a backhoe and a handful of markers, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert. She asks: How do these chitinous creatures get down to business and even multitask when they need to with no language, memory or visible leadership?

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Self Organisation and Indian Traffic Jams

Self Organisation and Indian Traffic Jams
This little video from Paul Kedrosky's blog shows that in the right conditions and with the right players "self-organisation" can be the best solution to a group problem.

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The Starfish and The Spider

The Starfish and The Spider
The Book "The Starfish and The Spider" uses the amazing capabilities of starfish to survive and regrow damaged limbs as a powerful metaphor for leaderless organisations.

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Team transformation rule 1: Stop trying to control them

Team transformation rule 1: Stop trying to control them
In this article I suggest that organizational teams, networks and communities who can adapt and adopt the "stop trying to control them" principle exemplified by nature's teams can achieve huge gains in agility and collective intelligence.

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Leading teams without authority

Leading teams without authority

Lateral leadership skills are what you need to get the job done when you are not the boss of the team


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Organizational teams: learning from nature

Organizational teams: learning from nature

Ken Thompson, writing for Insider Knowledge Magazine, in Why Penguins have no commanding officer reveals the two fundamental differences between biological teams and organizational teams and what we can learn from nature about effective teamwork.


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Effective team leading without authority

Effective team leading without authority

Roger Fisher, the world's leading expert on win-win negotiation, describes the power of having Lateral Leadership skills which let you get the job done when you are not the boss.


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Virtual team member autonomy: learn from software agents

Virtual team member autonomy: learn from software agents

Team leaders who want their team members to show more initiative and take greater responsibility can learn from the principles of autonomous software agents so I am delighted to republish a bioteams guest essay on “Agents: Technology and Usage” by James Odell which is attached in full as a pdf.


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Penguins reveal the true essence of bioteams

Penguins reveal the true essence of bioteams

Many people have been enchanted by the amazing video “The March of the Penguins” and most know that they have no leader. However few people go on to ask the obvious next question “If they have no leader then how do they know where to go?”....


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Self organizing virtual communities

Self organizing virtual communities

Major Oil Company, Schlumberger, exploits self-organizing virtual communities.


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Self managed teams: OSS and Toyota compared

Self managed teams: OSS and Toyota compared

Harvard Business Review identifies unexpected similarities between Open Source Software (OSS) and the Toyota Production System


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Bioteams: an introduction

Bioteams: an introduction

How is it that even with our vastly superior intelligence nature's teams sometimes seem to work much better than ours - what do they know that we don't?


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Enhance team performance by consistent individual behavior

Enhance team performance by consistent individual behavior

A key principle of bioteams is team member self-management. Nature's teams achieve this through a surprisingly small number of simple rules which operate at the individual member level and result in sophisticated team behaviour. For example, complex 'bird flocking' behaviour can be simulated on a computer using just three rules. I propose that human bioteams can be effectively self-managed in a sophisticated way by adopting a small set of "model behaviours" at the individual team member level.


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Virtual team organisation and three action rules from nature

Bioteams are sustainable self-organising systems



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