Skunk Anansie inspires me to write this short post on behaviour patterns and how they are affected by political motivations. We are all wearing many different masks for different people and changing them according to the situation for our own personal gain, nothing wrong with that right? That is understandable behaviour for anyone that’s trying to make the best out of their own lives.
However, it become a different story when this behaviour is present in organisations, since the values of these organisations often don’t match, the goal of personal gain for yourself becomes an obstacle for reaching team goals? For example our famous “Delivering working software or Shippable Product Increment?”. That’s in conflict with the laws of putting together successful teams (Ref: Benne & Sheats).
We have to maximize team dynamics by taking into account vision and goals of all involved individuals. Translated in political terms it’s Glasnost or transparent management, open to debate. Organisations should open up their management and be completely open about their policies (yes, from highest management, involving all). By using the S-model and experience coaching teams are directly involved in reaching goals, self-organising with management support. Experience coaching can work in matrix style, horizontally forming groups that create value. In efficient organisations that care about their employees there is no room for autocracy.