#workoutbusinessguilds&corporatehuddles
199
www.management30.com/business-guilds
www.management30.com/corporate-huddles
Ma...
200
An idea is a feat
of association.
Robert Frost,
American poet
(1874–1963)
Many organizations need
to harmonize practic...
#workoutbusinessguilds&corporatehuddles
201
The façades on the Grand-Place in Brus-
sels, Belgium, look amazing. In the pa...
202
Medieval Guilds
In the Middle Ages, professional workers were called artisans, and
they often organized themselves in ...
#workoutbusinessguilds&corporatehuddles
203
©2010ElliottBrown,CreativeCommons2.0
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ell-r-brown...
Makes me feel like I have finally arrived in the 21st century!
- Ivo Peksens, Latvia
A must-read not only for managers, bu...
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Many organizations need to harmonize practices, procedures, and tools across teams and departments. They also need people to share knowledge and develop their craft by communicating across traditional organizational boundaries. This is the purpose and role of guilds and huddles.

http://www.management30.com/workouts/

And thus we reach the middle of management guru Jurgen Appelo’s “#Workout: Games, Tools and Practices to Engage People, Improve Work, and Delight Clients.” Professional guilds were the first social networks, hundreds if not thousands of years ago. It was the moment to bond with fellow workers and to pass the craft down to future generations. Guilds also created the social norms for these workers.

This idea is adapted to modern day through creating “Communities of Practice” which are organized around roles, tech, interests, anything, really. It’s all about groups of people that share knowledge and identity. Like in medieval times, still today these can be rather political endeavours. That’s why we’ve created Corporate Huddles for all-hands-on-deck meetings that “allow for quick horizontal decision making among peers.”

The next level is forming a Tribe, which enables certain levels of self-governance.

This chapter outlines ways you as management can enable guilds, huddles, and tribes for better team collaboration and unity.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9492032023

Better read this fast! We’re only keeping each chapter of #Workout for a bit to celebrate our premiere on Amazon. Then you gotta buy this 500 page, full-color, super proactive book yourself!

#m30workout

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  1. 1. #workoutbusinessguilds&corporatehuddles 199 www.management30.com/business-guilds www.management30.com/corporate-huddles Management 3.0 Workout © 2014 Jurgen Appelo ©2005JessicaSpengler,CreativeCommons2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/wordridden/53998367 Huddles Corporate & Business Guilds
  2. 2. 200 An idea is a feat of association. Robert Frost, American poet (1874–1963) Many organizations need to harmonize practices, procedures, and tools across teams and departments. They also need people to share knowledge and develop their craft by communicating across traditional organizational boundaries. This is the purpose and role of guilds and huddles.
  3. 3. #workoutbusinessguilds&corporatehuddles 201 The façades on the Grand-Place in Brus- sels, Belgium, look amazing. In the past, they were literally the images of the guilds of Brussels, representing some of the finest crafts in the country. Nowadays, the former guildhalls offer expensive Belgian choco- lates to naïve tourists, who are unaware that the really good chocolatiers are situated on the Grand Sablon elsewhere in the city. ©2005JeremyKeith,CreativeCommons2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/53521854
  4. 4. 202 Medieval Guilds In the Middle Ages, professional workers were called artisans, and they often organized themselves in guilds. For several centuries, those guilds were formed around disciplines such as carpeting, carv- ing, masonry, and many others. Sometimes, these associations of artisans were very strict. They dictated the rules of business for arti- sans throughout an entire country. Sometimes they were organized in a more relaxed way, with their guiding hands only reaching as far as the city boundaries. No matter how they were organized, the guilds enabled people to learn a craft in master-apprentice working relationships, and they defined proper procedures and behaviors for all who practiced the craft. Unfortunately, when common sense devolved into politics, preserv- ing power and making money became more important than sharing information and teaching students. With the help of the government, the guilds even became counterproductive in terms of innovation. It seems a classic example of management corrupting an idea that is intrinsically valuable but susceptible to abuse. Ogilvie, “Guilds, Efficiency, and Social Capital” Guilds [were] social networks that generated beneficial social capital by sustaining shared norms, punishing violators of these norms, ef- fectively transmitting information, and suc- cessfully undertaking collective action.
  5. 5. #workoutbusinessguilds&corporatehuddles 203 ©2010ElliottBrown,CreativeCommons2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/ell-r-brown/4436513664
  6. 6. Makes me feel like I have finally arrived in the 21st century! - Ivo Peksens, Latvia A must-read not only for managers, but also for everyone in the organization. - Lemi Orhan Ergin, Turkey One of the most practical management books I’ve ever read. Highly recommended! - Lee Winder, United Kingdom
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