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Get It Done – Simplicity Made Simple

A lockdown consequence is an increase of complexity. Companies are downsizing, change structures, adjust business models and strategies. Less people must maintain and improve the operating businesses without losing market share or profitability. It’s now not what you do but what you undo, a new way to simplify complexity and do work that’s important.

How do you decide which work is unimportant? Ask the customer. At least half and maybe more of the work people do to maintain what they think is important is wasted. Many companies and the people in them still do things because they’re used to doing it. Look here for a new non-balance sheet asset of the company; already paid for time that people don’t have to spend doing unimportant work. If there’s new work to do, shouldn’t there also be old work not to do?

A Need for Change

Covid-19 has triggered an avalanche of change across all boundaries. Change is a capacity built into nature and a capacity built into human nature. Self-organizing systems, as in nature, have a capacity to respond continuously to change. All living systems have the capacity to self-organize in the face of change. A team is a living system, so is an organization. Self-Organization & Self-Management are the most cost effective way to deal with change. The Intégro Internet Operating Support System ® (IOSS®) is an interactive team management software system & process for self-organization & self-management. It enables a team to accomplish more with less people and restricted resources.

Point of Reference: Unwork

Points of reference determine your boundaries and limitations. Go from overworked to being underworked. Why? So you can have the time and energy to do what’s needed and important. The ‘old’ world had many people to do a few things. Now the reverse is true. Too much to do. No time. No people. A lot of people are doing from 60% to 80% the wrong work. This does not mean they’re doing the wrong thing. It’s just that the right thing has a lot of wrong parts in it. However, those parts are invisible until we take a closer look at how we work as a team. Effective teamwork allows members to swap the parts of their task with someone who loves to do what you hate doing. It simplifies things, saves time and effort.

Uncover Potential: The Team Advantage

The performance of a team is equal to its potential minus process loss. Process loss is caused by unresolved work differences and the wrong points of references. The whole of a team is bigger than the sum of its parts, a popular expression often used. Team potential exists as a consequence of the human potential brought together in a team. As a result, the possibility of a vast reservoir of latent knowledge, intelligence, skills, talent and capabilities exist within a team. The more these latent resources can be activated and mobilised, the better a team will perform, whether  it’s improving sales, service, revenue or profits.

Collective Intelligence

Collective intelligence is required to simplify work and keep things simple, only possible in a team. Enabling people to voice their experiences in the way the team is operating brings to light process loss areas for attention to make it more effective. It uncovers teamwork practices which otherwise would never have come to light. Intégro uses the 360º technique with their Internet based effectiveness assessment software. Respondents are asked to make individualized judgments based on their experiences and perceptions in the team i.e. their reality and collectively reflects the reality of the team at a point in time. This represents valuable performance intelligence to eliminate and reduce wasted effort.

Personal Autonomy

By personal autonomy we mean the freedom to self-determination, self-direction, self-realisation and self-responsibility. Becoming autonomous involves being part of something larger than oneself, a team. It includes a sense of belonging and an urge to grow through co-operation, collaboration and connectedness. In other words, we don’t experience ourselves as the centre of the world. It is neither an outcome nor a final destination, but an on-going process. Personal autonomy builds confidence, reinforces ownership of actions, promotes critical and creative thinking, and enables us to live out our truths, our wants. It’s reclaiming our personal power to grow and be fulfilled in what we do.