[FoRK] Management & Leadership, Knowledge, Creativity, Training/Learning
dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Sun Mar 20 13:00:12 PDT 2011
I found this book to be a very interesting project management book. Not
quite leadership, but on the self-actualising axis.
the "blind men and the elephant" metaphor, this useful guide explains how a
"follow the leader" approach creates troubled projects by pulling attention
from the real source of power and authority - the individual. Using
real-world stories, it shows how anyone can transform a fuzzy project
assignment into a meaningful, satisfying experience. Author David A.
Schmaltz·-- creator of True North's Mastering Projects Workshop at Sun
Microsystems Inc.'s Project Sun Workshop -- reframes the root cause of
difficulties in project work, singling out "incoherence" (the inability of
people to make common meaning from their common experience) as the main
obstacle, and presents a set of simple, easily available techniques to
increase a project's coherence and its participants' enjoyment of the
On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Searching for something else, I found the following document from 2001. It
> is one of the more complete and most concise leadership documents I've run
> It is an old (but printable) version of the following material. This site
> also has great information on knowledge, training / learning, creativity,
> This is interesting as the lead-in for Creativity:
>> Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of /Flow/ <
>> describes ten traits of creative people. He writes the fifth one as
>> harboring tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion.
>> Usually we tend to be one or the other. Indeed, in psychological research,
>> extroversion and introversion are normally considered the most stable
>> personality traits. Yet creative people seem to express both traits at the
>> same time. And there are probably a couple of good reasons why.
> A mention of Mihaly is always good. I still remember reading Flow in the
> cafeteria at Bank of America in 1994... Which, ironically, reveals a break
> in my flow. ;-) Or, more likely, indicates hyper-activated "photographic
> memory" because I had an ah-hah moment.
> Are you (Maslow) self-actualized? (Isn't that a pre-requisite for FoRK??)
> (Do others do this much?: I like "casting" the "type" of a phrase to
> disambiguate / hyper-specify.)
>> Characteristics of self-actualizing people:
>> * Have better perceptions of reality and are comfortable with it.
>> * Accept themselves and their own natures.
>> * Lack of artificiality.
>> * They focus on problems outside themselves and are concerned with
>> basic issues and eternal questions.
>> * They like privacy and tend to be detached.
>> * Rely on their own development and continued growth.
>> * Appreciate the basic pleasures of life (e.g. do not take blessings
>> for granted).
>> * Have a deep feeling of kinship with others.
>> * Are deeply democratic and are not really aware of differences.
>> * Have strong ethical and moral standards.
>> * Are original, inventive, less constricted and fresher than others
> His site is mentioned here:
> This is also cool, but subscription ($19/mo.).
> I cannot help but feel that ITIL is yet another certification / process a
> semi-scam. Poor Europeans. At least, I get the feeling that it is commonly
> used and/or required. Some good info though.
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