The weather was gorgeous this past Friday, so I decided to call my friends and see if they wanted to grill some burgers. We often get together on Friday evenings for good food conversation. We tend to start by discuss things like business ideas, personal challenges or accomplishments but the conversations inevitably turn into debating the world’s problems and potential solutions.
A frequent complaint I hear in organizational transformation work is that there are too many meetings and that most of them don’t add value. If you do a search for how to have more effective meetings, results will include things like “have an agenda” and “stay focused”. In essence, the typical suggestions are to improve facilitation.
In his book SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, Jeff Sutherland claims that a team’s happiness can predict their success or failure. Aside from the numerous studies on the topic, I can confirm this is true from personal experience. Let’s take a deeper look into why this is true.
It seems these days that innovation is a buzz word you hear in almost every organization. Companies implement incentive programs, structure missions, create balanced score cards, talk to employees about the importance of innovation and even create entire departments all in an attempt to drive innovation.