STOOS!!!! – Pless you!

Stoos – What’s that?

It’s not a cold. It’s a network discussion a paradigm change within leadership. Changing from “I telling you” towards “I ask and we do”

And yes, it’s also a small Swiss city where the first initial meeting was held – and hereby the name Stoos

Thought from Ole Jepsen’s interview at InfoQ regarding True Leadership using
David Marquet Leader-Leader model is in my opinion the essences of Stoos.

Changes to “Stoos” paradigm 

Going from “I – you” relation towards “You and I – We” relation. 

Three examples of shared responsibility.

Example 1 – “Priority?”

  • I
  • Ask
  • You
  • What’s important and
  • You tell me and we make it happen

Example 2 – “Strategy?”
  • I or You deliver a vision
  • We decide what is important
  • We setup short term goal
  • together we do “whatever it takes” to move toward “it”.
Example 3 – “Delegation?”
  • Whoever chooses to join in are “the right people” / a knowing community / a network
  • through whose ongoing interactions “meaning” / what’s important / a direction
  • emerges over time, and
  • together we do “whatever it takes” to move toward “it”.

How is this different from today?

Many companies are working within the old paradigm where;

  • “I”/ with a mind / knowing / the leader (subject)
  • tell
  • “you” / with the “hands” / instrumental / the follower (object)
  • “what’s important”, and
  • you help me make it / “the plan” happen.

When to use Stoos?

When struggling for survivor this paradigm doesn’t seem relevant. Here you properly prefer more forcing, commanding or persuading like dialog due to the way human brain works. 

Well, using Spiral Dynamic to determine when using Stoos is useful it would properly be within the upper levels like green, yellow and turquoise (level 6, 7 and 8). Here working together towards a goal would not be successful by forcing, commanding or persuading as the right approach would be more Stoos.

Stoos is not as big in Denmark as in Nederlands where gatherings and conferences are held like http://bit.ly/MjfVHq. The term is getting more and more understood and is soon becoming an important within the agile community. 


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