Sometimes we reduce the idea of leadership to the boss, a teacher, or a cheerleader. True leadership involves setting the bar higher than people think they can reach. It means being the first to break the four-minute-mile, and opening the door for others to clear what was previously thought impossible, and then some. Leadership includes … Continue reading Live A Life Of Distinction
The more Agile I see, the more I realize we are missing the point. Controlling outcomes by imposing more process, more reporting, more tightly defined roles, hierarchies, and meetings can no longer be sold as Agile 'version next'. To overlay complexity in the name of 'safety' is basically trying to make the new thing … Continue reading The 12 Principles Of Agile
There is a shortfall of courage in leadership. Now, more than ever, if you want to help organizations move with agility, you need to build the courage to change at every level of your organization. Your ideas won't always be popular. You will often find yourself standing alone. You won't know for certain if … Continue reading Badass Leadership – Courage
It's time to talk leadership. Not management. Leadership. Blazing trails, lighting the way, going first. Having a sense of what needs to be done, and the right moment to do it. A calling to serve and a compelling picture of a better way of life. I'm inspired by the few brave men and women … Continue reading Badass Leadership
Some folks out there, I’m not even quite sure who, have the impression that agility translates to less hustle, and an easier work environment. Someetimes the concept of self-organizing teams with flat hierarchies and no estimates means that we can be a bit blase about making or keeping committments. If you lower effort and lower … Continue reading Exceptional Agile Is About Keeping Promises. Here’s How.
The complexity of your approach won't determine your organizational success. The elegance of your execution will. It is the simple principles that matter most - focusing on the most important things first, shipping early and often, insistence on 'go', and building empowered, energetic teams. Are you really hampered by lack of strict role … Continue reading Agile Wants To Be Simple
I believe in fundamentals, and one fundamental you have to keep drilling is that all of the Agile Resistance that you face is rooted in fear. Much of that is fear of failure. Aversion to risk and failure is baked into company culture after years of hammering home that going over budget and past due … Continue reading Team Life IV – Leading the Team Through Failure