Some latest news about our journey towards collaboration excellence 🙂 Just recently I received the certification for passing the online learning initiative from Rochester Institute of Technology about: Teamwork & Collaboration. I really enjoyed this class and I can fully recommend this MOOC for all of you who are interested in individual development and learning! A great course! Many thanks to David Neumann, Professor School of Communication.
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After revisiting fundamental information about SCRUM roles, rituals and values, I thought a moment about my first experiences with agile product development as a Product Owner. The core values like Commitment, Courage, Respect, Openness and Motivation may be familiar to many practitioners, but nobody told us about how to keep them alive during daily business, or how we can protect our teams and stakeholders from external influences. It seems that in organizations where SCRUM development is new, dedicated communication and information to external stakeholders is key to explain SCRUM – roles and -rituals that are different to classical project-management.
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It is far from clear to us why we like people or not. Whether it’s people from private life or people you meet in sports or in professional life, you put these people in a category and thus unconsciously makes a certain judgment, which can sometimes be positive and sometimes negative. And I do not mean now the famous “chemistry” between people, which sets in at the first meeting, but rather I mean a kind of judgment that develops purely out of belonging to a group (“Ingroup – Outgroup bias”, Tajfel 1970) )
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Recently I had to give a short keynote to help out one of my colleagues at short notice. The presentation was more or less ok, but the feeling of being not prepared well enough spoiled the whole experience for me.
The general introduction went well, but already during the first part of the main presentation I began to scan the audience in order to find out how I was perceived. You might ask me why this was actually important for me to know: Well, because normally I try to improve my presentation skills.
Usually I am not too nervous while speaking in front of people, but my objective is always to learn from each of my rare opportunities. This time I reminded myself about three theories that I wanted to apply during my speech in order to gain more self-confidence to compensate the lack of preparation: “Fundamental attribution error”, “Significant Other” and “Actor – Observer difference”.
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Another concept or theory that made me think more about my own behavior and my reactions in collaborative situations, was the “Looking Glass Self” theory of Charles Horton Cooley. He was convinced that social interaction is required for individuals to understand their own image or external perception in public space. The idea is basically, that our constant but unconscious observation and interpretation of other persons’ reactions to our presence or beh
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I think it was around the year 2012 or 2013 when I read an article that was called “The human moment at work”, written by Edward M. Hallowell already in 1998. Hallowell, wrote about this “human moment” what he calls “an authentic psychological encounter that can happen only when people share the same physical space” based on his experience as a practicing psychiatrist and instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. From this time onwards his concept of toxic worries and the human moment helped me, out during several private and professional occasions.
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This review of Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U” from 2013 is the first of its kind within a series of reviews that will be published in the Teamplay.Academy blog. It is actually my first review, because this book has left some lasting impressions already when I read it my first time. Finally I read some of the chapters three or four times.
Some reviewers may say that Theory U does not deliver a full blown scientific foundation or practical relevant solutions for our day to day lives (Heller 2018), but I personally took some elements out of the plethora of insights re