Brief Summary of Creating Intelligent Teams

Creating Intelligent Teams by Anne Rod and Marita Fridjhon, is great read on how to   manage and lead effective and positive change for teams and organisations. Unlike books on Coaching which focus on one to one, the focus here is on teams, relationships and Relational System Intelligence (RSI)

The 5 principles of RSI

  • Each relationship system has its own unique identify
  • Every member of a relationship system is a Voice of the System (VOS)
  • Relationship Systems are naturally intelligent, generative and creative
  • Relationship systems rely on roles for their organization and execution of its functions. Roles belong to the system not to the individuals who inhabit the system
  • Relationship systems are in a constant state of emergence, always in the process of expressing their potential

It  goes on explain ways and means to enhance team performance and skills needed increase productivity and build intelligent teams.

Here is a brief summary of the book –> Brief Summary of Creating Intelligent Teams

Brief Summary of “Leadership is Language”

“Leadership is Language” by David Marquet, is a follow up to his earlier book “Turn the Ship Around”.  In this book he talks about how as a leader, he changed the way he talked to people and the words that were used and the impact it had on others. According to Marquet, the language changed in three ways

  • from a reactive language of “Convince, Coerce, Comply and Conform” to a proactive language of “Intent and Commitment” to action
  • from a language of “Prove and Perform” to a language of “Improve and Learn”
  • from a language of Invulnerability and Certainty to a language of Vulnerability and Curiosity.

David bases his new leadership playbook on an incident in 2015 , when a container ship, El Faro, with all the modern radios and navigation equipment sailed directly into a hurricane and sank. With the transcripts available of all the conversations on board the ship, he came to a conclusion that had the captain acted differently or played a different leadership playbook, the ship could have been saved.

The new Leadership playbook which consists of 6 plays – based on a specific use of language, forms the core of the book. They are

  • Control the clock instead of obeying the clock
  • Collaborate instead of coercing
  • Commitment rather than compliance
  • Complete defined goals instead of continued work indefinitely
  • Improve outcomes rather than prove ability
  • Connect with people instead of conforming to your role

Here is a brief summary of the book –>Brief Summary of Leadership is Language

Brief Summary of “How to Lead in Product Management”

I have been following books by Roman Pichler – having read his two earlier books Agile Product Management with Scrum and Strategize.  I feel his latest book “How to Lead in Product Management”  is more about coaching the Product Management – where he talks about the various challenges that the Product Leadership faces, and how to deal with them. And then goes into details into the Interations that the Product management needs to get into, the goals that he needs to set, the conversations he should have, managing conflicts, making effective decisions and self leadership.

I love the way he has weaved in a lot of aspects of coaching – active listening, empathy, mindfulness, non violent communication,  negotiation etc. into the book.

I found it an excellent read – here is a brief summary of the book –> Brief Summary of How to Lead in Product Management


Brief Summary of 7 Rules for Positive Productive Change: Micro Shifts, Macro Results

Esther Derby, in her book, 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change : Micro Shifts, Macro results, comes out with seven practical rules for organizational change. The 7 Rules are

1. Strive for Congruence
2. Honor the past, present and people
3. Assess what is
4. Attend to networks
5. Experiment
6. Guide and allow for variation
7. Use your self

Esther Derby provides a lot of examples which provides clarity to these rules. Easy to read book – great book to have on Change Management on your bookshelf.
Here is a link to the summary –> Brief Summary of 7 Rules for Positive Productive Change

Brief Summary of “Atomic Habits”

This is a brief summary of Atomic Habits – An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones by James Clear.  An engrossing book as to how we build good habits – through the habit loop of Cue, Craving, Response and Reward.  The 4 Laws of Good habits are – Make it Obvious, Make it Attractive, Make it Easy and Make it Satisfying and how to break bad habits – by Making it Invisible, Making it Unattractive, Making it Difficult and  Making it Unsatisfying.  Also gives a lot of examples to illustrate these laws.  The book is an easy read and good one to have on your bookshelf.

Here is a brief summary of the book –>  Brief Summary of Atomic Habits

Brief Summary of “Enterprise Agility – Being Agile in a Changing world”

This is a brief summary of “Enterprise Agility – Being Agile in a Changing World” by Sunil Mundra.  Pretty comprehensive book covering the need for Enterprise Agility and different aspects of Enterprise Agility –  Mindset and culture, Leadership, Organization structure, process, people, technology, governance and customer.  Enterprises are considered as a living system and Complex Adaptive Systems are dealt with at length.  This is a great book  to understand the different aspects of Enterprise Agility.

Here is a brief summary of the book  –> Brief Summary of Enterprise Agility

Brief Summary of Kanban Maturity Model:Evolving Fit for Purpose Organizations

This is a brief summary of “Kanban Maturity Model:Evolving Fit for Purpose Organizations”. As David Andersen and Teodora Bozheva say, the purpose of the Kanban Maturity Model is to help organizations relief from overburdening, deliver on customer expectations, predictable outcomes and survivability.  Kanban Maturity Model bases itself on the 5 levels of CMMI – but borrows a lot of concepts from Lean/TPS, Real World Risk Institute, Mission Command and Maturity Model of Jerry Weinberg.

The Kanban Maturity Model architecture rests on two dimensions – Maturity Levels on the Vertical and the Kanban Practices on the Horizontal.

The Seven Maturity levels are
Maturity Level 0 – Oblivious, Maturity Level 1 – Emerging, Maturity Level 2 – Defined, Maturity Level 3 – Managed, Maturity Level 4 – Quantitatively Managed, Maturity Level 5 – Optimizing, Maturity Level 6 – Congruent.

The Six Practices are Visualize, Limit WIP, Manage Flow, Make Policies Explicit, Implement Feedback Loops, and Improve Collaboratively and Evolve Experimentally.

Having been in Agile and Kanban coaching for a few years, I feel this book is pretty comprehensive in terms of assessing organizations at different maturity levels and what is needed for organizations to get to the next level. This is a very brief summary of the book – the book is a must read for Kanban coaches.

Here is a link to the summary –> Brief Summary of Kanban Maturity Model

Brief Summary of “More Fearless Change – Strategies For Making Your Ideas Happen”

Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising, in their new book “More Fearless Change”  have come out with an excellent sequel to their first book “Fearless Change” – a collection of tactics and strategies to make change happen in an organization.  As the authors say, this book is not a recipe for change but a collection of patterns which will provide ideas to  change the mindsets and behaviors of people involved in change in organizations .  Their first book had a set of 49 patterns and their second had 15 patterns.

Here is a brief summary of the 64 Change Patterns  –> Brief Summary of More Fearless Change

Brief Summary of Clean Language

Clean Language is a communications methodology, developed by David J Grove, a New Zealand ‘Counselling Psychologist’, during the 1980s and 1990s.  Though initially used in psychotherapy,  Clean Language offers helpful techniques to all professional communicators, especially those working closely with others.

Clean Language is a questioning and discussion technique used especially for discovering, exploring and working with people’s own personal metaphors.

Clean Language techniques are aligned closely with modern ‘enabling’ principles of empathy, and understanding, as against manipulative methods of influence and persuasion and the projection of self-interest.Clean Language helps people to convey their own meaning, free of emotional or other distracting interpretation from others.

Clean Language helps clients to discover and develop symbols and metaphors without any content introduced by the therapist/coach/interviewer.  It promotes better clarity of communications, neutrality and objectivity (absence of emotional ‘spin’, bias and prejudice), ease of understanding, and cooperative productive relationships.

Wendy Sullivan and Judy Rees have come out with a wonderful book on Clean Language.  Here is a brief summary of the book  –> Brief Summary of Clean Language

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Brief Summary of Liminal Thinking

This is a brief summary of the book “Liminal Thinking – Create the change you want by changing the way you think” by Dave Gray.  Dave is the author of books such as “Gamestorming” and “The Connected company”.

According to Dave, Liminal thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, changing and reframing beliefs.  The book goes on to talk about the Principles and Practices of Liminal Thinking.

Here is a brief summary of the book “Liminal Thinking”   Brief Summary of Liminal thinking 1.0