Yikes. Since participating in the Agile Transformational Leader workshop last week, I’m looking at almost every Agile-related post / blog / tweet differently. It’s oh so tempting to chime in everywhere, and that would probably not work and come across the wrong way. I wonder what would be effective.

Originally posted on 2018-03-27 at 01:06 via https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn%3Ali%3Ashare%3A6384203679012126720

Here is a tiny thing I learned about transformational leadership:

Going from “I am x” (where x is some troubling or upsetting feeling or self-judgment, and thinking that x is part of your identity, i.e. x “has” you), to “I have x” (and realizing that x does not “have” you, i.e. it is not part of your identity) is a big part of becoming a more effective leader.

It takes working on your mindset and auto-pilot thinking to go beyond “I am x”. And it is really hard work. Not physically hard. Mentally hard.

Thanks Michael Spayd and Michele Madore!

Originally posted on 2018-03-24 at 02:04 via https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn%3Ali%3Ashare%3A6383131250118529024

[This is a re-post from LinkedIn]

Are you seeing pessimism and seeming division in the Agile community? I’m seeing some of that lately, expressed on LinkedIn.

I get that it can be hard to keep a positive attitude in the face of reports that tell us that a lot of Agile journeys seem to not bring the desired results. And I also firmly believe that Agile CAN bring about positive change. I’ve seen it first-hand in the work I’ve done. Of course, there have been times when the prevailing currents have made it difficult, but on the whole, I’ve seen that change IS possible.

I wonder what a sort of declaration of Agile optimism might look like? Maybe something like this:

  • I believe that people have the capacity to change – when supported with caring, courage and openness.
  • I believe that organizations have the capacity to change – when the people in it spend enough time listening well to each other.
  • I believe that Agile values and principles can help with change – when really internalized and lived out.
  • I believe that learning from others’ experience is possible – when keeping an open mind and taking a good look at context.

That is, change is possible – and we realize that we need to help each other in making it happen. Do you think about Agile optimistically?

P.S.: If you are interested in reading about what might help and hinder Agile journeys, check out the book Susan DiFabio, George Dinwiddie, Rich Valde, Dan Neumann and I wrote together on that very topic: http://leanpub.com/agilejourneys