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Help – I’m a multipotentialite!

Let me first of all reassure you: it is not a disease or a dangerous alien race. I learned about the term when I first watched the TED talk of Emilie Wapnick and I noticed a link with one of my earlier blogs. Emilie explains there is nothing wrong with not being (or not wanting to be) an expert in a single field. Like her, I have a very open mind, always eager to learn, always applying my previous experience to new environments. Companies are often afraid to hire a multipotentialite. After all, HR usually puts a lot of time [...]

2019-06-19T19:28:13+00:000 Comments

The Dangerous Agile Expertise Level

Do you plan on running Agile Projects in your organization? Then make sure to do it the right way. Quickly taking a Scrum Master course, and still running Agile projects with a Waterfall attitude, is the route to failure. Setting up Agile projects in a Waterfall environment requires a shift in attitude of the team and a different management style. If you get this right, it’s absolutely possible to run Agile and Waterfall projects in parallel. I have come to learn that there are three levels of expertise. Two types of experts are harmless. The third expertise level is dangerous. [...]

2019-03-03T12:45:31+00:002 Comments

7 techniques to lower your Distrans level

A low Distrans means that you are more closely connected to the Core Products and Values of your company. This article gives a few practical tips on how you can lower your Distrans and become more valuable for your organization. Distrans is the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Values. The rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative cost to the organization, and the lesser your added value. The trick is therefore to have the lowest possible Distrans for the job you are doing. Don’t get me [...]

2019-02-17T06:59:04+00:001 Comment

Are you disconnected from your Core Product? Test your Distrans!

How much are you connected with the Core Product or Core Values in your company? Check your Distrans (the distance between yourself and the Core Product) with a few straightforward questions. In my previous blog I spoke about Distrans: the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Value. The resource can be someone who works closer to the Core Product. It can also be non-human, e.g. an email you wrote to get information on an issue with the Product. The (informal) rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative [...]

2019-02-03T11:05:57+00:003 Comments

Dominant Groups

If I were to ask whether you felt you belong to a dominant group or a non-dominant group, what would you reply? Perhaps this little test can help?  According to classical sociological definition, a dominant group is one with the upper hand, power, social status and / or certain privileges. The dominant group is often the one which sets out and controls the values system, i.e. what is considered right and wrong. Billy Jean King once said “Dominant groups know little about non-dominant groups, while non dominant groups tend to know a lot about dominant groups.” And hearing her say [...]

2018-10-08T12:22:46+00:000 Comments