My good friend Bob, from back home in Buffalo, has asked me to be the Godfather for his baby girl, Jenna. I’m flying from Boston to Buffalo tonight. My flight is at 8:10, but I had high hopes that I could catch an earlier flight. I arrived at Logan at 3:00. All earlier flights are full…so…I’ve been sitting here reading “Agile Project Management” by Jim Highsmith, and keeping an eye on the Red Sox game that’s playing on a TV in Legal Seafood. The game isn’t looking too good. Freakin’ idiots…
Here’s a great list from the book of “six questions that illustrate the damaging illusions of our 20th-century approaches to management”, originally from Phillip Hodgson and Randall White:
# Why do you believe you are in control?
# Why do you behave as if you can predict the future, its consequences and outcomes?
# Why do you think that because you’ve done it before and it worked that it will work again?
# Why do you believe everything important is measurable?
# Why do you think that words like leadership, management, and change have the same meaning to everyone?
# Why do you think that reducing uncertainty will necessarily increase certainty?