Executives and managers can turbocharge an Agile Transformation...or stop it before it even starts. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “how come they don’t get it”, then these games are for you.

In this exercise we’ll show you how to connect the critical values of transparency, autonomy, negotiability and responsiveness to Executive concerns like resource utilization, capital budgeting, risk analysis and annual planning. It starts with exploring and respecting the differences between approaches, the questions under the questions. It concludes with shared vocabulary, mutual understanding, and goals aligned. Let’s start seeing each other as runways, not roadblocks, on the journey to better organizations.

 
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Extra Extra!: A Role Playing Game

Learn to quickly get to the bottom of Executive or Management points of view by borrowing from the world of Marketing and Communications. Identify root causes of Executive headaches in quick role playing exercises that use W/W/W/W/H questions, personas, and a bit of storytelling.

In this exercise we’ll learn:

  • How to diagnose the root causes of common arguments
  • To practice active listening and communication

 

Cards Against Executives

Underlying Objections, the real roadblocks are often obscured by Surface Concerns. It can be difficult to understand and disentangle the real problems from the stated ones. In this exercise we’ll use cards to connect the surface conversation with the deeper meaning. Learn to recognize undercurrents by connecting common Executive Concerns with potential Underlying Objections.

Challenge: Accepted! - The most meaningful transformations require change in people, not just systems. Using our knowledge from the previous game, we’ll learn how to address both Surface Concerns and Underlying Objections, and even when it may not be appropriate to do so.

In this exercise we’ll learn

  • How to identify the change we want and what it will take to achieve
  • Brainstorm potential solutions, and learn to categorize them as Adaptive or Technical
  • We’ll share our solutions and upgrade them to come up with a plan to support alignment, learning, and real, lasting change

Learning Outcome

Through a series of mini-games, learn how to achieve alignment with any executive or manager in your organization.

Target Audience

Anyone who’s ever asked or said any of the following: “But how do I get buy-in”, “How do I convince them?”, “Why don’t they get it?”, “If they only understood…”

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