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Fight inertia and resurrect entrepreneurs

by Mike Rollings  |  July 18, 2011

All organizations at some time in their history have experimented, gained knowledge, and operationalized it – experimentation is synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs test many theories as they launch an idea....

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Context breaks Taylor’s hold on strategy

by Mike Rollings  |  April 26, 2011

Last week's post "Replacing Taylorism as our Management Doctrine” called for the end of Taylorism. Thankfully, I am not the first to call for the end of Taylorism or to...

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Replacing Taylorism as our Management Doctrine

by Mike Rollings  |  April 18, 2011

Over the last 239 years, organizations have been applying hierarchy, and top-down command-oriented management. This mindset erupted with the dawn of the steam engine in 1771, and in the late...

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Taylorism - A Pox upon Agile

by Mike Rollings  |  April 11, 2011

This past Thursday my colleague Kirk Knoernschild pointed out a blog post by Alistair Cockburn about Taylorism creeping into the world of agile. Alistair’s post ignited a discussion within Gartner’s...

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Gamification - a Small Play for Game Dynamics

by Mike Rollings  |  April 4, 2011

Gamification, where organizations incorporate game dynamics into applications, is one of the latest trends.  Many view it as a silver bullet to load into marketing websites, innovation tools, worker productivity...

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A life out of control

by Mike Rollings  |  January 19, 2011

So many things in our life are governed by the idea that we can control the outcome.  Take strategy as as an example.  For years strategists have operated under the...

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The burden we create by what we value

by Mike Rollings  |  December 10, 2010

The notion of value is ambiguous and abstract.  An object or an act is not intrinsically valuable.  We define what is valuable.  We have a choice. Some cultures decided that...

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Three Cups of Tea and Improving Relationships

by Mike Rollings  |  December 6, 2010

Friday night my children and I had the pleasure to hear Greg Mortenson speak at the St. Louis County Library.  Mortenson is a humanitarian and advocate for children's education in...

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Enterprise architects are mad as hell and not going to take this anymore

by Mike Rollings  |  October 22, 2010

Okay, enterprise architects, this is your chance to join a fellow architect and go scream out the window.  Just like in the movie Network where longtime news anchor Howard Beale...

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Creative destruction: A Lesson in Innovation

by Mike Rollings  |  October 20, 2010

I have several creative friends.  Some are musicians, some photographers, one a playwright, and one friend in particular (Tim) is a performance artist.  Tim’s art comes in many forms.  He...

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