Being brave when meetings go off track

Nathan Donaldson /
When I was about 13 my Air Training Corps group found ourselves standing at the edge of cliff in the middle of the bush on a mountainside in New Zealand’s South Island. Thirty of us had climbed to the saddle of Mt Somers and were making our way back. The trip had taken longer than expected so our leaders ...

The things that matter

Nathan Donaldson /
Before I'd heard of organisational democracy, I made several early attempts to include the team in business decisions. Walking to work one day, I thought "Wouldn't it be ...

Time for the New Zealand Government to step up

Nathan Donaldson /
I clearly remember a meeting I had with a large government agency three years ago. I was explaining how we approached software development, and this was met with ...

Organisational democracy in the Agile business

Nathan Donaldson /
Organisational democracy is a system of organisation that is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It's about decentralisation rather than being flat. It's about leadership rather than management. It's about creating meaningful work rather than attempting to motivate the team with cosmetic perks and rewards. It's still about profits, but it's also about people. It's about the team ...

The case for organisational democracy

Nathan Donaldson /
Over the past four years we have worked to make our workplace democratic. This is because organisational democracy has helped Agile flourish in our business. In my travels, ...

Steve Denning - More on why managers hate Agile

Nathan Donaldson /
In his follow up to Why do managers hate Agile Steve Denning hits a real nerve for me. Introducing "A Copernican revolution in management" he draws us into ...