The phrase “Manager Mind” popped up in a client session this week, and it helped clarify for me the huge differences between the manager and maker (coder, designer, writer) mindsets. Getting clear on these differences will, I hope, help you be a better manager of makers, or, if you make stuff, help you understand where your manager is coming from.
This is a long piece, but valuable. Lots of useful and practical insights gained from building Yammer. A good emphasis on structures and processes that help the leader get out of the way. Good stuff (some of it related to the next post, interestingly).
I’m always interested in “no manager” experiments, and this seems like a good one. No BS, a simple model and some neat ideas (like a “team parent” in charge of the welfare of the team). You’re probably not going to move to a no-manager setup, but you may get some good ideas from this anyway (and if you are, great!).
A large part of the purpose of culture is to have the “defaults” of the organization set correctly. This is a neat post thinking that through - essentially using “nudges” to continually optimize organizational defaults. Cool.