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45 minutes

Presented by:

Julia Wester

Lagom Solutions

About this Discussion

These days it's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of, well, everything. We seem to tackle our daily problems by adding more processes, more policies, more systems and more work-in-process. This ends up accumulating disappointment instead of success when we don't stop to understand what gets in our way. We don't consider that, at least some of the time, more isn't always better.

It's time to bring a little balance to the workforce with the concept of lagom (lah-gom). This tiny Swedish word represents the powerful concept of "not too much, not too little, just right". At first, the concept can seem paradoxical. How can anything other than more of those processes, policies and systems result in more desirable outcomes? But, once you give it a try, a lagom approach to work can be liberating and allow us to achieve more than we ever could through the relentless pursuit of "more".

When you come to this session, you'll learn how to:

  • identify the telltale signs of too much or too little
  • push back against the momentum of "more" when it's not appropriate
  • apply a lagom mindset to many aspects of your work

About the Speaker

Julia is the co-founder and principal consultant at Lagom Solutions, a lean/agile consulting and training company that leverages her 17 years of experience working in and managing teams at Turner Broadcasting, F5 Networks and LeanKit. Julia is passionate about teaching others how to tame the chaos of everyday work by embracing transparency, continuous improvement and a lagom mindset, as well as talking about how management doesn't have to be a dirty word. Julia blogs at


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