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Book review: Together is Better

9200000051782738Most people know Simon Sinek from one of the most watched TED talks of all time (Start with Why). He wrote a nice little inspirational book ‘Together is Better’ and as you can imagine he didn’t do it alone. Ethan M. Aldridge created fantastic illustrations to tell the story of three friends. In this story, these three friends have moments of happiness but they live in the shadow of the “king of the playground.” This king cares mostly about himself and his own status and leads through fear. As a result, the other kids stick to themselves for fear of being singled out for attention.

The author uses this story as a metaphor for organizations where the “king of the playground” is the boss.

You get many quotes, one-liners, axioms and anecdotes expressing different situations in an organization and probably you will recognize many of them. This booklet will give you food for thought and suggestions to move forward. The author Talks about vision, collaboration, inspiration, trust, building teams, and leadership. For example, we talk nowadays a lot about agile teams. Give this one from the book a thought:

“A team is not a group of people who work together.

A team is a group of people who trust each other”

If you are looking for some inspiration for yourself, or maybe for a team retrospective when the team is not a team yet or if you are looking for a nice giveaway this is the book.

Together is better

Simon Sinek’s favorite scene.

To buy: Together is Better

In Dutch: Samen is Beter

Article: Acts of leadership in complex projects’ from Ben Berndt

projectieIn the latest version of Projectie (Febr. 2015, number 1) I found an interesting article about ‘Acts of leadership in complex projects’ from Ben Berndt.

“In the project management arena it seems common understanding that project managers profile as highly result- and action- driven. Although project management academia nuances this topic, stressing leadership characteristics like team leadership, personal effectiveness, and e.g. interpersonal understanding, others (indeed) focus on achievement orientation. Research by Gehring (2007) concludes with a set of favourable MBTI (Meyers-Briggs) types, with Thinking and Judging (“TJ’s”) as preferred indicators. TJ’s see the world as logical and like to have matters settled. In “Management Drives” terminology this relates to orange, red, yellow profiles. Author’s pragmatic research as a program manager on projects X & Y indicates that in complex projects, where one deals with messy problems, another profile might prevail: one that understands patterns, believes in the wisdom of crowds”

This article reflects some insights from Ben Berndt’s book ‘The metis of projects’. See the review on this blog: The metis of projects

To download (with permission from the editor): Pro_01_2015 (page 1) Pro_01_2015 (page 2) Pro_01_2015 (page 3) Pro_01_2015 (page 4)