Functional stupidity

Mats Alvesson is a Swedish professor at Lund University who has succeeded in adding a term to the Swedish Academy’s dictionary SAOL – Functional Stupidity. His definition is “the inability and/or unwillingness to use cognitive and reflective abilities in anything other than narrow and circumspect ways. It involves a lack of reflexivity, a disinclination to […]

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Impression management

Goffman’s (1959) Impression Management theory is one of the best-known theories of identity performance. Goffman said that individuals present themselves based on the perceived audience from scene to scene, and our identity presentations are designed and prepared behind these scenes. In short, you try hard to meet the audience’s expectations in order to melt in […]

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Passion och diskussion

Bryr du dig om ditt företag? Amerikanska studier säger att 80% av arbetarna i USA ”går till jobbet” endast. De är inte engagerade i sitt företag. 18% av dessa motarbetar aktivt all förändring. Inom idrotten är det vanligt med matchintervjuer där man som förlorande lag småler åt eländet med plattityder som att komma tillbaka nästa […]

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Managers – guilty of unsafety

I did quick research of the available leadership training on the internet, and after discussions with these training companies, I found that none of them has Psychological Safety on the agenda. Psychological Safety is implicitly covered in topics like feedback, participation, soft skills etc, but cannot be found anywhere in the training catalogues, or explicitly […]

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Management by fear

The general approach for a Swedish coach is inclusiveness, which involves and activates the brains in the team. I often watch team sports live and, on the TV, and have been a sport coach myself and know how to get the best out of Swedes – and it is certainly not by fear! Swedes want […]

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Frameworks and Psychological safety

Scrum is the most popular structure for teamwork in software teams and has now travelled 30 years, all the time improving from the original values. Today these values are Openness, Focus, Courage, Respect and Commitment. Psychological Safety can especially relate to Openness and Courage as you need both for a Psychological Safety environment. I used […]

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Measuring Psychological safety

Professor Amy Edmondson has in her book “The Fearless Organisation” a part about how to measure Psychological Safety. I have used her questions in five different organisations as part of my Psychological Safety workshops as surveys. You will find them in the exercise section later in this book. When a team performs the survey, it […]

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