December 8, 2017

This is a continuation of  Manifesto for 21st Century Management - Part I. If you don’t see the importance of these statements at the first glance, I highly recommend reading it before delving into Part 2. In this article, I will be elaborating on each one of these sta...

February 18, 2016

Tossing the "S" word may make this article seem nebulous, somewhat religious, or as an audacious marketing gimmick to attract people.

Spirituality in this context is to fully connect with oneself and realize one's deepest expression of being.

We all have our interna...

February 6, 2016

Frank, the product owner of this mid-sized company was in at 7 am, scrolling through a list of 400 items in his backlog, preparing for the 9 am sprint planning. His company just started adopting Agile.

I said, “Good morning!” with a smile, and knowing that his team felt...

January 27, 2016

I once went to a seminar which was all about “Mindfulness.” The participants were mostly middle-aged or older men and women who looked at each other with squinty eyes as if they were bathing in compassion and delight. I was very young at that time and all this seemed v...

March 16, 2015

I remember walking back home from work one rainy evening in downtown Seattle. I had a great day at work. I had a smile on my face. A homeless guy at the end of the street selling the Real Change newspaper knew that smiling faces don't turn down anticipatory looks. I bo...

March 16, 2015

The dark side

I shared the below picture on LinkedIn last week, and it got a lot of attention. It does a good job of portraying the underlying mindset that leads us to take a stance of developing people (or not). Now I am going to write about the dark side of “developin...

February 12, 2015


DO YOU have disengaged participants in your training class? Hecklers, phone-obsessed texters, or even the quiet, blank-faced observers who are resistant to learn what you’re teaching.

These individuals can feel like a frustrating ‘hindrance’ to your overall didactic in...

December 24, 2014




"Seemed like a good idea in the early days of Scrum, but in practice has often been misused as a management report, inviting intervention. The ScrumMaster should discontinue use of this chart if it becomes an impediment to team self-organization"


This is what Michae...

July 20, 2014

"... well-structured noise can jolt a (social) system out of inferior equilibria and lead it toward superior ones, and choice mechanisms can be designed to introduce such noise in a decentralized way. This intuition is contrary to our usual way of thinking about such p...

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