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Leading Self-Organising Teams


What are self-organising teams? Why do we need them? How can we effectively lead in a self-organising environment?

This workbook provides practice-based answers to these questions. Focused on helping lean and agile professionals to improve, these answers offer a clear understanding of what self-organisation is about and why we need it to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The author gives an overview on the cornerstones of so-called leadership as a team sport and wants to encourage you to make good use of the broad collection of proven tools he offers.

By combining fundamentals (the “why”), specific values and capabilities (the “what”), and practical tools (the “how”), this book tries to be as much of a cookbook as possible. Its recipes are based on the following ingredients:

  1. a clear definition of self-organisation;
  2. a simple model for leading self-organising teams, consisting of values, capabilities and tools;
  3. four core values: commitment, simplicity, respect and courage;
  4. four core capabilities: focusing, designing, facilitating, and changing;
  5. a broad variety of tools to realise your capabilities.

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Table of Contents

  • Why this workbook?
  • Self-organising teams
  • A model for leading self-organising teams
  • Values of leading self-organising teams
  • Capabilities for leading self-organising teams
  • Tools for focusing
  • Tools for designing
  • Tools for facilitating
  • Tools for changing
  • References
  • About the author and acknowledgments