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The Little Brown Playbook: Leading a Business Community

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The Little Brown Playbook: Leading a Business Community

  1. 1. The Little Brown Playbook: Leading a Business Community Heather Monigan Sr. Analog Engineer/Strategic Planner Intel Corporation Friday October 25, 2013 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm Facility & Room : BCC, 309 Track : Management and Strategy 1
  2. 2. Ground Rules • Although this lecture is based off of principles from an order of Ancient Benedictine Monks, great care will be taken to be inclusive, gender neutral, and secular (when possible). No specific religion is recommended; rather a call to listen to something bigger than yourself. • This lecture assumes all agree to the principal of the Golden Rule and commit to its practice. • The author recognizes multiple, legitimate, alternatives paths to God; and the recognition that some people will also reject this. • This lecture in no way is meant to Proselytize; but rather suggest rules of how you can conduct yourself. It is not to force your will on others; or my will onto you. 2
  3. 3. Golden Rule . . . In Business? • One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself 3
  4. 4. . . . A Little Story • Global Validation Program Manager (Matrix Manager) of Hard IP (HIP) Circuit Design of Intel® Atom™ C2000 Product Family • US: California, Oregon, Arizona • India • Mexico • Malaysia • Israel • Created a Community, not a Team • Personally was studying St. Benedict . . . and something started to shift . . . 4
  5. 5. St. Benedict of Nursia • 480-543 • Hermit; didn’t like people – but they still came • Built an Organization, very reluctantly • Created 73 Chapters – known as The Rule of Benedict If All Work is Prayer . . . What do My Prayers Say? 5
  6. 6. The Little Brown Playbook • Vow of Obedience • Vow of Stability • Vision • Flexibility • Hospitality • Humility • Vow of Conversion of Life 6
  8. 8. Obedience • definition: compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority • What comes to your mind? • Negative thoughts? • What rules do we Obey in this world? 8
  9. 9. Obedience: Etymology Defining "obedience“ Etymology - Latin oboedire - ob = towards; oedire = "to hear“ • Meaning: "to hear or listen towards“ • Popular English usage: "to follow, heed, comply with commands or injunctions within a sphere of jurisdiction.“ • Hebrew word shama - "to hear, listen; obey“ • Greek word hupakouo - "to listen under; obey“ • Old English word herknen ("hearken"); both hear and obey 9
  10. 10. Obedience or Listen • Vow of Obedience = Listen • Listen, O my child . . . and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy loving God, that by the toil of obedience thou mayest return to God . . . (Prologue of St. Benedict's Rules) 10
  11. 11. Marketing Management Engineering Manufacturing Customers Sales/ Marketplace 360 Degrees of Listening Project Management Finance Regulations(Domestic&Global) HR Validation Technical Support Legal
  12. 12. Listen - Practical Tips •General: • Close your Mouth; Open your Ears • Repeat what you Heard • Take time to Quietly Meditate (or Actively Process – like Journaling or Contemplative Walking) 12
  13. 13. Listen - Practical Tips • Management view: • Have Regular 1:1’s with Each of your Reports • See your People as Human • Encourage your Reports to see their Peers as Human • Individual Contributor View: • See your Co-Workers and Manager as Human 13
  14. 14. VOW OF STABILITY 14
  15. 15. Stability • Anchor or Ground Yourself in Something • Golden Rule • Something Bigger than You • Personal Transition from “Telephone Pole” to “Bamboo” 15
  16. 16. Stability Opens the Door • Benedict’s Rules • Vision: co-existence • Flexibility: exceptions to rules • Hospitality: welcome the stranger & the familiar • Humility: community first 16
  17. 17. Vision – Practical Tips •Management view: • Tether yourself to the End Goal • “Green” – Stephen Covey •Individual Contributor View: • All tasks and effort should align with End Goal • Pushback/question if you don’t understand the alignment 17
  18. 18. Flexibility – Practical Tips •Management view: • Stuff Happens; Have Buffer & Patience • Keep both your Humans & End Goal in mind •Individual Contributor View: • Communicate up & around when Stuff Happens (where appropriate) 18
  19. 19. Hospitality – Practical Tips •Management view: • How can you offer comfort? • Honor Wholeness of your Reports: Dietary Restrictions, Worship Requirements, Culture •Individual Contributor View: • How can you offer comfort to your co-workers and manager? 19
  20. 20. Humility – Practical Tips • Management view: • Know What You Don’t Know • Honest Retrospectives • Individual Contributor View: • My Way may not be the Best Way • I am Willing to Learn More Comment: as a female engineer, humility doesn’t mean you lack confidence or knowledge 20
  22. 22. Conversion of Life – Practical Tips •Management view: • It’s Not About You • It’s About Nurturing the Community that You Built •Individual Contributor View: • It’s Really Not About You 22
  23. 23. . . . A Story’s End • Benefits of the Little Brown Playbook • Our Team was the first to successfully finish our A0 power-on tasks. Then we helped others. • Our Team worked seamlessly with other internal teams. • Our Team shared Resources and Material when needed across Geographies. • Our Team was a Community 23
  24. 24. The Little Brown Playbook • Vow of Obedience • 360 degrees of Listen • Vow of Stability • Vision: Tether yourself to your end goal • Flexibility: Stability doesn’t mean rigidness; it means grounded so that you can answer the call when life happens • Hospitality: What are the needs of your people? Are you answering this call? • Humility: Serve your team. (Comment: as a female engineer, humility doesn’t mean you lack confidence or knowledge.) • Vow of Conversion of Life • It’s not about you; everything changes 24
  25. 25. Additional Resources • • Our blog: • Abby Circles – coming soon! 25
  26. 26. Bibliography • The Rule of Saint Benedict (Paperback ) by St. Benedict (Author) , Timothy Fry (Editor) , Thomas Moore (Foreword) • The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life (Paperback) by Joan Chittister • The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century (Spiritual Legacy Series) [Paperback] by Joan Chittister • St. Benedict's Rule for Business Success Paperback by Quentin R Skrabec Jr • • 26

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