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Simon Bennett – The Mindful Manager

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Simon Bennetts presentation at From Business to Buttons in Stockholm, April 15 2016. FBTB is the meeting place for everyone who wants hands-on advice on how to generate business value by creating great user experiences.

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Simon Bennett – The Mindful Manager

  1. 1. T H E M I N D F U L M A N A G E R F O S T E R I N G E Q U A N I M I T Y I N L E A D E R S H I P @cgosimon (Or learning to live with the mess)
  2. 2. W H AT D O E S I T F E E L L I K E T O B E W R O N G ?
  3. 3. I M E A N R E A L LY S C R E W U P
  4. 4. Being Wrong Is Entirely Different from Realising that you’re Wrong
  5. 5. It’s Good Thing that we check then…
  6. 6. “ T H E T R E AT M E N T ”
  7. 7. – B L A I S E PA S C A L “Being unable to make what is just strong, we have instead made what is strong just.”
  8. 8. T H E R E L AT I O N S H I P B E T W E E N P O W E R A N D R AT I O N A L I T Y
  9. 9. - I M M A N U E L K A N T “The Possession of Power unavoidably spoils the free use of reason.”
  10. 10. – F R A N C I S B A C O N “Knowledge is Power.”
  11. 11. – B E N T F LY V B J E R G “Power defines what information may be regarded as knowledge.”
  12. 12. Seeing vs Defining Reality
  13. 13. T H E L O N G D U R E É O F P O W E R
  14. 14. B U T W E H AV E T H E A G I L E S N O W !
  15. 15. Small Batches! Working Software! Collaborating with customers!
  16. 16. B U T W E H AV E T H E L E A N S TA R T U P N O W !
  17. 17. T H E S E A R E N O T VA N I T Y M E T R I C S
  18. 18. Lean and Agile were created by people interested solely interested being More Rational
  19. 19. P O W E R B L U R S T H E L I N E S Between Rationality and Rationalisation
  20. 20. You don’t hate collaborating with customers do you? You don’t hate early and continuous delivery of value do you?
  21. 21. What we have here, is a failure to have Equanimity
  22. 22. T W O P R O B L E M S • The Self • The System
  23. 23. I S C R E W U P, T H E R E F O R E I A M The Self
  24. 24. We believe our opinions are“The Truth”
  25. 25. S O I F Y O U D I S A G R E E W I T H M E T H E N … You’re Ignorant You’re Stupid You’re Evil
  26. 26. B U T…
  27. 27. M A N A G E R S A R E S U P P O S E D T O B E “ P R O F E S S I O N A L ” The System
  28. 28. B U T… Dealing with Errors Means Dealing with Emotions
  29. 29. M A N A G E R S A R E S U P P O S E D T O B E “ C E R TA I N ” & “ D E C I S I V E ”
  30. 30. B U T…
  31. 31. S O W H AT C A N I D O ?
  32. 32. D I S T I N G U I S H B E T W E E N … Being Emotionally Intelligent and Being “Emotional”
  33. 33. B E I N G P R O F E S S I O N A L S H O U L D M E A N B E I N G C O M P L E T E H U M A N S
  34. 34. D O Y O U S E E ? Mistakes as Roadblocks or Mistakes as Milestones?
  35. 35. D O Y O U ? Hold Beliefs or Have Knowledge
  36. 36. W H AT C A N W E D O ?
  37. 37. Human Beings are Social Animals Our Communities can define, coerce and corrupt us Or Balance Us
  38. 38. We have the Leaders we deserve
  39. 39. S H A R E T H E B U R D E N
  40. 40. Y O U C A N ’ T C H A N G E M A N A G E M E N T I N I S O L AT I O N
  41. 41. Mindfulness leads to Equanimity Equanimity lets you effectively manage navigate complexity
  42. 42. Equanimity leads to compassion (Or Empathy if you prefer)
  43. 43. We experience others from the outside But ourselves from the inside
  44. 44. From the outside the irrational use of power looks irresponsible and ugly Whereas compassionate, mindful leadership appears as courage, honour and grace.
  45. 45. I F O N LY L E A D E R S W O U L D U S E T H E I R P O W E R T O S H A P E N E W R E A L I T I E S I N S T E A D O F D I S T O RT I N G O U R V I E W O F T H E E X I S T I N G O N E
  46. 46. info@lasting-benefits.com

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