Management 3.0

Personal Maps – anything else out there?

7 lessons learned using Management 3.0 practices 

Over the past two and a half years I have been experimenting with various Management 3.0 practices as a licensed Management 3.0 facilitator. I guess I have always had the mindset, and I always thought that the underlying principles were key, but seeing it bundled together had a huge impact on my thinking. Since one of the key concepts is to learn faster and to run experiments, that’s just what I did. Some of the practices worked like charm, some we adapted and some we put away after trying them out. 

So, without further ado, here are my lessons learned: 

What is it? 

Well… it’s a map. You don’t charter continents, rivers and the like, but rather interesting stuff about a person. This can be something like education or work experience, but more importantly things like family, friends, hobbies or special moments. 

Why is it useful? 

If you care about your colleagues, you should care about them full heartedly. You should care about their entire personality. You should care about everything that’s on their mind – being it work related or not. A personal map helps you achieve this. 

How did I experiment? 

I’ve been using personal maps in two different contexts. 

  1. When running a workshop. I ask each participant to prepare a personal map. Afterwards everybody can ask questions regarding the map, what is interesting, stunning, surprising… 
  2. With most people I work with. I’m not that good at remembering things… so I write down the things I learn about my colleague so that I can better relate to them. 

What did I learn? 

Especially when using personal maps in a workshop I found a couple of things interesting. 

  • Most people don’t mind sharing “personal stuff”. I assume this is the case because they’re still in control of what they are sharing. But it’s a lot more interesting than the usual “I work at… doing…” 
  • You avoid the self-centered elevator pitch. People don’t have a chance to “sell” themselves to the audience. The audience can ask about the topics that are interesting to the audience. 
  • It works great as an ice-breaker. Usually there are a number of stunning or interesting facts that you can talk about. 
  • What is still on my to-do list is using personal maps with a team. Let’s see how the team reacts to the question of sharing personal details. 

More Information 

In case you want to learn more, I would recommend reading a book or two or attending a training: