2017-mobotWelcome to my blog. The motto that I use for it, “Scire et Creare,” is latin for “to know and to create,” which I believe reflects something of how God has made us humans in his image and embodies my philosophy of work.



Matt Philip is director of global talent and capability at ThoughtWorks. Drawing on lean and agile values, principles and practices to offer experience, models and options, he helps organizations and teams continuously become fit for their purpose. He is especially passionate about building learning organizations and creating humanizing and engaging work environments.

He tweets at @mattphilip and blogs at https://mattphilip.wordpress.com/. Matt is one of the founding organizers of the Lean Kanban St. Louis meetup and a board member of the Association for Talent Development (St. Louis chapter).

Quotes that Inform my Philosophy of Work

  • “Progress cannot be generated when we are satisfied with existing situations.” (Taiichi Ohno)
  • “Leaders are responsible for creating an environment in which future leaders can blossom.” (Jeffrey Liker)
  • “When was the last time someone was rewarded in your organization for raising difficult questions about the company’s current policies rather than solving urgent problems?” (Peter Senge)
  • “It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” (Peter Drucker)
  • “Performance can’t be managed. We can help make it happen. Anything else is an illusion of control.” (Bjarte Bogsnes)

Personal Service-Level Expectations

  • Email: response within 24 hours (90%), within 7 days (100%)
  • Immediate contact: G-chat or text/phone
  • Core working hours: 9am-6pm Central Time (other hours as needed)

Where I’ve Spoken








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