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BBASED IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, "WORK LIKE AN ARTIST" IS A BLOG BY KARL ROHDE. HIS WRITING AMPLIFIES PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, AGILE TEAMS, WORKPLACE CULTURE AND CREATIVITY AT WORK AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL AGE. MEET KARL…
IT MANAGER & AGILE Scrum CONSULTANT
For the last 20 years I have been immersed in IT Management with a focus on IT operations, infrastructure management, implementing and maintaining business applications and the provision of service delivery functions.
I am most proud of my work in implementing IT strategy, digital age infrastructure transformation and implementing Agile as a cultural team strategy (outside of software development teams). A certified business coach I deliver extraordinary results through transforming culture, building high performance teams and delivering projects. With an eye on the entrepreneurial age, I am a keen certified practitioner of Agile and Scrum, using it to create self-organising teams that think like business owners, putting customers and outcomes first. My management philosophy is simple: happy thriving teams = happy loyal customers. If you are looking for a people focused IT Manager who sees teams at the root of innovation, please reach out.
As long as I can remember I was intrigued as to what makes people tick. Growing up in South Africa, faced with the harshness of an unstable political system I became deeply curious about human behaviour and what determines the decisions we make and the impact we have. It logically follows; I became an avid reader, mostly non-fiction.
Early in my career as an IT specialist living in London, England, I often wondered how I could inject my curiosity for learning and people into my work. Under the tutelage of a brilliant business leader I was guided to become a manager. Coupled with a work ethic, my principled German father would be proud of, I became a student of leadership and personal development. Seeing the positive impact an authentic manager could have on their teams and business had me hooked on attempting to gain some mastery in this elusive art called leadership.
Some years later at an executive leadership development off-site, I experienced an "a-ha" moment that forever changed my approach to work. The leader of our organisation quietly walked up to a flip chart with his back turned to us and wrote these words:
If your manager does not care about you as a person you must find another job.
Next, he walked to another flip chart and wrote these words:
If your manager is not actively involved in your professional development you need to find another job.
It was a gripping reminder of the weighty responsibility leaders have to their people. It hit me that being a manager is a privilege that carries a heavy load. Armed with this lesson it has been my mission to demonstrate a genuine care for the people I manage and to develop workplace cultures that enable happy, thriving teams that deliver on customer delight.
In 2010 I was taken aback. I saw a venn diagram in Linchpin, a book by Seth Godin, showing the intersection of jobs and automation. The result of these two overlapping circles was “doom”. It was a precursor to what we now call digital disruption and it set my consciousness for transformation ablaze. The path of the economic ages, Agrarian to Industrial to Knowledge has led us to the fourth 4th economy, the Entrepreneurial Age. This tech driven digital economy is determining winners and losers. Helping leaders, teams and individuals be relevant and win in this unpredictable economy is the new Holy Grail; this is my obsession.
Teams are the root of innovation; I help them thrive in the entrepreneurial age.