Discover your leadership Agility

Are you born as an Agile leader or can you develop or pivot your leadership style to be one? This workshop will uncover ten Agile leadership attributes in a fun and engaging way, gives participants an opportunity to share their own stories and experiences to learn from each other and concludes with a self-assessment and commitment to develop your capabilities.

Sam starts with sharing his personal leadership story to connect the audience to the topic, and how he was an Agile leader long before the projects he led were themselves Agile. The workshop’s main learning content is delivered in an engaging rapid fire manner, covering ten Agile leadership concepts in just 30 mins. These are teasers for the main body of the workshop that follows.

Participants pick one concept and do a deep dive individually, answering some key questions on their personal experience with the challenges and opportunities for the concept. These are then shared back within the table and then to the room so people get further learning from each other on their personal stories and experience.

The workshop concludes with a simple self-assessment against the ten concepts the outcome of which is a personal commitment to select one concept to work on as they develop their Agile leadership capabilities

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

0-5mins : Hook

The workshop will start with Sam telling his personal leadership story, an Agile leader without knowing it, delivering large projects for ten years with one simple strategy – focus on the humans and the rest will just happen. The purpose of the hook is to engage with the audience and help them connect with the topic.

5-35 mins : Concepts

Sam has a large visual management board and a burn down chart rather than powerpoint (updated by the audience every 10 mins) to help facilitate the sharing of the workshop’s main learning content. Ten Agile leadership concepts (shown on the VMB as large index cards – refer to end of this section for the ten topics) are covered in just 30 mins, with the challenge of covering each in 3 mins visible to the audience and it helps maintain their engagement as cards move from in progress to done. These are teasers on each concept to support the main body of the workshop that follows.

Participants have a hand out with one page per concept with some supporting material and Sam asks some pre-prepared questions are asked through the session to ensure people understand them.

35-45 mins : Deep dive

Participants pick one concept and do a deep dive individually , answering some key questions on their personal experience with the challenges and opportunities for the concept. They will populate a pre-prepared worksheet on the topic they choose which will assist their discovery. The purpose of the deep dive is to ensure that people get an opportunity to reflect on their own experience to assist their learning together

45-75 mins : Share and learn

Within the table group people start sharing their stories and answers. Sam then asks for the table groups to share back to the room so people get further learning from each other on their personal stories and experience. This then creates discussion with the broader group allowing others to build on the storyline.

75-90 mins : Self-assessment and action

The workshop concludes with a simple self-assessment against the ten concepts. Participants rate their own capability for each one using a simple scale (paper based) and then use this to guide their next steps. Sam then asks each person to make a personal commitment to select one concept to work on as they develop their Agile leadership capabilities.

To conclude Sam re-caps the workshop journey and learnings, and people leave the room energised and with lots of practical takeaways along with their personal commitment

Ten Agile leadership concepts

  1. Leading Self: Personal Responsibility
  2. Leading Self: Your Storyline and how you see the world
  3. Leading Self: Leaders first and how you show up
  4. Leading Self: Global mindset
  5. Leading Others: Psychological Safety & Equal Voice
  6. Leading Others: Listen and give up power
  7. Leading Others: Flow and engagement
  8. Leading in Complexity: Alignment and Purpose
  9. Leading in Complexity: Solving complex problems
  10. Leading in Complexity: Holding Space

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn about ten Agile leadership concepts. Starting with the theoretical and moving to the practical through personal reflection and story telling. They will have key takeways with a handout, enhanced by the lack of any powerpoint and lots of discussion and activities

Target Audience

Leaders are the primary audience but the concepts and learning are useful for all

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  10 months ago
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    Sam, who is the target audience for your session? Speciically, I am trying to understand if you are going to be talking to leaders or coaches?

    • Sam Bowtell
      By Sam Bowtell  ~  10 months ago
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      thanks for the question - the talk is aimed at leaders as the primary audience. Hope this help!