Why accountability without empowerment is a sign of a toxic culture

TLDR; you can’t expect accountability without giving people context and freedom first. Accountability: the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.Autonomy: the right or condition of self-government.Empowerment: authority or power given to someone to do something. Accountability, autonomy and empowerment are words often used by organisations, used more frequently in isolation than together, to describeContinue reading “Why accountability without empowerment is a sign of a toxic culture”

Lessons from trying to be Agile in a Waterfall industry

Nine months ago my journey led me back into R&D in the life sciences industry, working with (amongst other things) software in a medical setting. The healthcare industry is clearly heavily regulated. Moving from releasing web products several times a week to software that’s released a few times a year (if you’re lucky) has beenContinue reading “Lessons from trying to be Agile in a Waterfall industry”

The balance of people and product

TLDR; favour people. So a combination of finishing my new favourite book “The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek, a change in career and some pretty heavy family events has led me to reflect a lot on this question.  To clarify, when leaders favour people over products, they make a conscious decision to sacrifice the speedContinue reading “The balance of people and product”