For the public good…

I am continually fascinated by the notion of self-organising teams, how they motivate themselves and how you can create an environment that is conducive to self-motivation. Unfortunately my experience is that self-management works for the minority and is highly rewarding and highly effective, but it does not work for all. Bystander Syndrome is prevalent and…

When does coaching end and doing start?

“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” ― John Whitmore Coaching is an interesting and confusing notion, as an Agile coach in my current role we must be explicitly invited by a team or an individual to coach, usually this is driven…

Typical interview styles

The interview itself. What I have observed is that interviewing is generally composed of one or more of a very small number of techniques:  Free-form, gut-feel unstructured or semi-structured chat and questions between candidate and hiring manager.  More formal pre-defined questions structured and consistently asked to all candidates.  Some variety of standardised test, essentially IQ…

To be the best, hire the best… for you.

I have recently been reflecting on the impact of our choices when hiring new staff. Over the last few years hiring has been a major activity for me, and so I am particularly interested in what the impact of these hiring decisions has on the team and the organisation. I have a number of experiences…