One month in, and I think I’m getting a good handle on the new terrain.
I have come to realise this already:
What I initially took to be evidence of progressive “Ways of Working” maturity, with regards “Self-Organising Teams....
[Assistant: please hyperlink those terms to somewhere relevant.]
...Turns out just to be what Canadians have been doing for most of their History.
They are the polar opposites of their southern neighbours, who must live their lives, following the rules taught them in school, increasingly devoid of the ability to think independently.
I am quite convinced I have just discovered a Cultural Goldmine in Canada.
So for years (today more or less marks my 30th Year as a Professional Holyman, and it’s going quite well so far...) I’ve been trying to convince Executive-levels to be a bit more enlightened and far-sighted.
They are now starting to grow in the right direction, and the right colour: green, rather than grey.
Slight problem with Management at the moment, as we have given them the priority management task of making the entire Management layer redundant. It does pain me sometimes to see the confusion on their faces, and the uncertainty in their language, but in the long term, it will do them good.
They can choose between developing a skill, if they want to be an Engineer; or an independent personality, if they want to be a Team Leader.
I haven’t yet met in my life, a single Canadian who doesn’t possess a perfectly distinctive and idiosyncratic, independent personalities.
And it is built into the fabric of their top corporations.
It just isn’t documented, because no-one can generalise on personality trends. Because there aren’t any.
(Unlike the mass-produced personality types on offer south of the border...
But you should try and capture it tG. Think of it as “Lean Emotional Intelligence”. It is bred into your culture that responsibility lies both with self and team, not one or the other. Mutual assurance on the reliability of other team-mates. The ability to integrate and assimilate independent thoughts into a coherent purpose that can be fully shared and supported by independent thinkers is an alchemy, which I identify you Canadians being Unconsciously Competent at.
Systematise resource-engagement so that independent thinkers (a.k.a. “Disrupters” - “Holyman and the Disrupters sounds like a good band name...) are nurtured and allowed to flourish according to their particular strengths.
The Theory has been around for ages... But no-one can really make it work at the Engineer Level, because the Engineers always think they’re being tricked when a Change Happens that they do not fully understand.
And they are nearly always right about being tricked.
Canadians Engineers, seem to have figured out that you should fix the tasks around the person, rather than fix the person around the task.
Well done Canada.
You have single-nationally restored my faith in Humanity.