Free your mind and your Ass will follow

Super great post on Generation Y, and challenges for managing them in work.


At Everbread, the exec debate is often about adding experienced professional Project Managers (something that is hard to find, but we all believe is worth having) versus using leadership to engage our young development staff to “self-organize”. The jury is still out but so far we have only 5 Manager/Workers and 30+ builder/creators. From Bryan Menell today. biggest-from-to-in-a-generation

Management to Engagement

Most organizations are over-managed and under-led. Solid leadership engages people in their work, and the organization’s greater goal. Today an organization realizes more value from their employees by engaging them, rather than managing their tasks. At SXSW 2010 in a panel presented by Dachis Group, Kate Niederhoffer asked the audience to rate their level of engagement with their work. The scale ranged on one extreme from being a passive participant in their work lives to on the other end almost complete intermingling of their personal and work lives. To my surprise almost nobody rated themselves on the disengaged level of the scale, and fully half the audience identified themselves as almost indivisible from their work. Add to this the move away from top-down command and control structures to more flexible networks of workgroups, and the writing is on the wall that the org chart will soon be a thing of the past.”

Welcome Home

So, we’re in a cheap but swank hotel near the Madrid Airport.  And as wait for our trip to North Caroline tomorrow, we started making lists of the 10 Things we’re looking the most forward to in the USA.  (We’ve been living in Europe for 2.2 years, and are now setting up shop in NC for the next 9 months).

So here are the lists:


  • Mission style burritos
  • Movies in English
  • Customer Service
  • Thai Food
  • RoadTrips
  • 24Hr Shopping
  • Backyard BBQs
  • Us Sports
  • Strangers saying hi
  • Multicultural diversity
Renee’s List

  • Small Talk in English
  • Dipping Sauces and Salad Dressings
  • Movies in English
  • Convenience
  • Record Stores
  • Trader Joes
  • Anthropologie
  • Home Depot
  • Pedicures
  • Book Stores


Cella’s List

  • Taco Bell
  • Root Beer
  • Sour Patch Kids on Demand
  • English
  • Target
  • American Traditions
  • American TV
  • Mac & Cheese on Demand
  • Cousins & Family
  • Baseball
Josiah’s List

  • Driving
  • Movies Theaters
  • Thai Food
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Buy
  • American Sports
  • BBQ
  • English
  • Friendly Neighbors
  • The US Dollar