Random Thoughts on Leadership and Life

Stories from helping organizations embrace New Ways of Working
How to Determine the Pathways in Your Organization?

When Walt Disney envisioned Disneyland, he waited to observe where visitors naturally walked before laying down sidewalks, allowing natural behaviors to dictate design. This approach, mirrored by Michigan State University (main image), emphasizes adapting to natural pathways rather than imposing predetermined routes. Unfortunately these examples are rare and more often than not, control is prioritized,...

Cultivating Effective Communication

In the ever-evolving complex landscape of modern leadership, the importance of effective communication cannot be overstated. It was therefore no surprise that effective communication was one of five themes ChatGPT identified when I tasked it with analyzing over 250 Harvard Business Review Management Tips of the Day from 2023. You can read a short summary...

The Irony of Scaling Agile from a Teal Perspective

A friend recently pointed me to a very insightful 2018 post by Sam McAfee where he critically examines the trend of scaling Agile across organizations, drawing attention to the inherent contradictions in these approaches. In the article, McAfee highlighting the paradox of scaling Agile, a way of thinking that thrives on flexibility and adaptability. He...

5 Surprising Facts about Agile Leadership

I just facilitated my 20th Scrum.org Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials training, making me the 9th most experienced Agile Leadership trainer worldwide – go figure for a guy who is not big on repetitive work. One of the reasons why I am still passionate about Agile Leadership training is the almost 200 leaders I have...

How to Color Project Gates Teal

I was recently involved in discussion with a group of leaders on project review gates and how to help a product team move forward. Part of the discussion centered on using the word gate and what that means. The more interesting debate, IMHO, is on how to empower a product team and support them in...

How to Improve Business Agility

The newly published 2022 Business Agility Report contains insight from 296 organizations worldwide. According to the report published by Business Agility Institute, understanding your value streams and structuring your workforce and processes around them is one of three key practices to improving Business Agility. This finding is consistent with what I see when advising leaders on...