iStock-622800884
AgileAgile transformationFeature postManagement and leadership

5 personal challenges when building Agile organizations

This article was initialy published on jesusmendez.ca #5. Be the coach and fight back old habits My ego feels great when I am invited to join crucial conversations at every level (strategic, tactic or operational), given my privileged position when starting continuous improvement transformations. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how …

READ MORE →
iStock_78377267_XLARGE
Feature postLeadership (EN)Management and leadershipSpecial edition

How To Make Your Leadership More Powerful With Loop Learning

As leaders, it is very difficult to create change in our organizations. One of the biggest problems is that over time, we forget what drives our change and what progress we are making. When we work with our teams, change sometimes feels to them as if it lacks structure and …

READ MORE →
auto-organisation
Culture and collaborationFeature postManagement and leadership

Self-Organization is not “Laissez-Faire”

Imagine the following conversation between three Agile transformation leaders at a conference panel discussion: Mr. Black: “We have decided to get rid of command and control. We will let teams self-organize so they can decide themselves how they want to be Agile. We expect great results from this hands-off management …

READ MORE →
leader qualities
Feature postManagement and leadership

The Surprising Baggage You’re Carrying As A Leader

This article was initialy published on Forbes.com Over the last five or six years, I played hockey in different garage leagues, usually very late at night. Hockey is a very fast-paced sport, and even if we were “just playing for fun,” there were nights when players behaved recklessly, causing frustration …

READ MORE →
value
Culture and collaborationFeature postManagement and leadershipSpecial edition

The Value of Values

As with most people, my earliest values were created by my parents and the education system. Learning to share, to dress and speak appropriately, to raise my hand in class and otherwise to fit in, are lessons every child learns. It is an unconscious act really, and if anyone were …

READ MORE →
shutterstock_559090561
AgileAgile transformationAgile transitionChange managementCulture and collaborationLeadership (EN)Management and leadershipOrganizational transitionScrum

When should you let the team fail?

“From now on, we should only communicate by email so we won’t get disturbed unnecessarily and we’ll be able to focus on the code.” We’re in a sprint retrospective. This proposal comes from one of the Scrum team’s developers. It’s quickly applauded by other developers. Even the other members of …

READ MORE →
shutterstock_417152122
Feature postManagement and leadership

How could more authentic love fuel your leadership?

This article was initialy published on Forbes.com One of the recurring themes in my life in the last few months has been the place of love in leadership. I work with many clients who, when I bring up the topic in conversation, find this concept to be a bit shocking and …

READ MORE →
shutterstock_394392439
Agile transformationFeature postManagement and leadershipOrganizational transition

SOSO – Introducing simplicity as a requirement to organizational Agility adoption

  The first highway, or limited access road, was built on Long Island, New York and completed in 1911. The intention was to reduce the travel time between to given points. As time passed, mass-production systems allowed more and more people to buy cars at affordable prices and as a …

READ MORE →
leader
Feature postLeadership (EN)Management and leadership

Why Leaders Need Safe Spaces To Learn And Grow

Early in my career, I used to be very demanding of myself. It was hard for me to accept when I made mistakes in life. I remember one day, I was working on a woodworking project in my garage, and I got upset from making mistake after mistake. I got …

READ MORE →
engagement
Culture and collaborationFeature postManagement and leadership

How to engage your team by using the right language

   This article was initialy published on Forbes.com. Leaders and managers don’t always realize the impact of their language when talking with their teams. You can do many things with language, from empowering people to generating new possibilities. However, language can also create disengagement and dissent when wielded ineffectively. Language has a lot …

READ MORE →