Job disengagement dramatically and negatively impacts creativity and productivity. It also loses employees, and makes them harder to acquire in the first place (especially notable in this period of employee scarcity). Most of all, it creates an unhappy world of work. Based on six years of research and organization visits, I present the “Trust Organization Manifesto,” a radically different and yet surprisingly well-tested set of guidelines for self-organizing a company where “work is joy.”
Because these ideas deeply challenge the industrial-age management thinking we’ve been trained into from birth, I invite you to come with a What-If mindset; try on some ideas and see if anything fits. If there is interest we will arrange a discussion afterwards.
Bruce Eckel is the author of Thinking in Java and Thinking in C++, and a number of other books on computer programming. He’s been in the computer industry for 30 years, periodically gets frustrated and tries to quit, then something like Scala comes along and offers hope and sucks him back in. He’s given hundreds of presentations around the world and enjoys putting on alternative conferences and events like The Java Posse Roundup. He is currently studying organizational dynamics, trying to find a new way to organize companies so that working together becomes a joy. His struggles in this arena are at Reinventing-Business.com, while his programming work can be found through MindViewInc.com.
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