by Vasco Duarte
The French, they sure are a funny lot. They like to do things their own way. Heck, they even use a different word for computer just to annoy the rest of the world. At the same time they know how to live the good life. If wine hadn’t already been invented, the French would do it. And haute cuisine sounds French for a reason. So I often wondered if you could see that attitude in their work. Well, luckily I got to speak to my dear friend Pascal Sarrazin and he had a great story. It seems that the French are actually pretty much like the rest of us after all.
Keeping people motivated
Pascal told me about his work, he manages a team at a company that works on industrial printers. Recently top management was changed. And as is often the case, once you change the top: everything changes.
Quite uncertain times for all workers, Pascal’s job was to keep everybody motivated. The thing was, he wasn’t exactly sure about what he expected from his team. Or from himself. He and some other managers talked about it, and they tried to work as agile as possible. Basically, they were searching for something, they just weren’t sure where to look.
One day, after office hours, he and some colleagues went to a conference by Alexander Cuva. He talked, they listened. And after that they did some exercises, among them ‘Delegation Poker’. A game that creates a conversation about what you as an individual (or team) can decide.
Pascal had heard about it before, but didn’t quite know how to use it – he had been quite skeptical about it. It’s only a game, right? That night he came home at 2 AM. After only a couple of hours sleep he headed to work. You can imagine how he felt. Surprisingly energized!