What is Mindful Agile Leadership?

It’s the perfect balance of 3 essential elements:

  • The agile mindset : the heart of agile - our attitude and approach to work that is collaborative, adaptable, open to change, value focused with continuous learning and growth.
  • Mindfulness : the quality of awareness - non-judgmental, objective, deliberate observation and openness to whatever unfolds in the present.
  • Servant leadership : being of service to others - focused on the growth and development of others, empowering teams to be high performing.

These 3 pillars of mindful agile leadership are equally important. Just like the legs of a stool, they provide a stable base encompassing the beneficial qualities of all 3 elements. This enables leaders to build a truly agile culture and positive team environment, and be a more effective and authentic agile leader. Mindfulness isn't just an optional extra; it is a necessary component without which the whole structure collapses. If you lose touch with what's happening in the moment, your emotions and habitual patterns of mind take over, and your ability to be open and authentic is diminished.

In this session, you will hear why mindfulness is the secret ingredient to develop effective agile leadership. Beyond simple awareness, you will learn how mindfulness help leaders to show up as the very best versions of themselves. Mindfulness helps you improve your focus, think more clearly and make better decisions that lead to more successful outcomes. Mindfulness gives you the ability to stay present and connected despite the stresses and challenges that leadership brings. You will learn techniques to apply mindfulness in everyday activities that enable you to become a more inspirational agile leader.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

This will be a interactive session with participation and practical examples explored throughout. This
has previously been delivered as a full day workshop, as well as a half day workshop. This shorter session format focuses on
introducing and reinforcing practical techniques, assuming the audience have already understands the agile mindset.

Session structure:
• Defining mindfulness and its scientifically proven benefits - explaining a little of the science behind it and presenting some research findings, as well as personal experience
• Mindfulness exercise and de-brief – the participants will be led through a mindfulness practice and asked to share their experiences
• A mindful approach to agile leadership - discussion of agile leadership principles and the meaning of mindful agile leadership
• Mindful Agile Leadership exercise – the participants will be introduced to leadership-focused mindfulness practices to try out in pairs/triads and invited to share their experiences
• Techniques for integrating mindfulness into agile leadership and day-to day work will be summarized
• Questions and answers with wrap up

Learning Outcome

  • What mindfulness is and how it helps agile leaders become more effective
  • How mindfulness can help increase your focus, enable clearer thinking and better decision making to
    benefit you and your teams
  • How to practice mindfulness and practical ways to introduce and use it within your teams and wider
    organisation
  • The Elements of Mindful Success - how mindfulness enables greater awareness and better leadership

Target Audience

Anyone interested in the agile leadership, Scrum Masters and agile coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

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  • Oana Juncu
    By Oana Juncu  ~  1 week ago
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    Hi Kathy,

    Thank you for your submission, I think mindfulness is an important topic in an Agile Mindset track.

    Can you give an approximative  timing of the different parts of your session?

    Kind regards,

    Oana

    • Kathy G. Berkidge
      By Kathy G. Berkidge  ~  5 days ago
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      Hi Oana,

      Thank you for reviewing the proposal. Here is the session outline with the approximate timings per your query:

      • Defining mindfulness and its scientifically proven benefits - explaining a little of the science behind it and presenting some research findings, as well as personal experience - 5 minutes
      • Mindfulness exercise and de-brief – the participants will be led through a mindfulness practice and asked to share their experiences - 10 minutes
      • A mindful approach to agile leadership - discussion of agile leadership principles and the meaning of mindful agile leadership - 5 minutes
      • Mindful Agile Leadership exercise – the participants will be introduced to leadership-focused mindfulness practices to try out in pairs/triads and invited to share their experiences - 15
      • Techniques for integrating mindfulness into agile leadership and day-to day work will be summarized - 5 minutes
      • Questions and answers with wrap up - 5 minutes

      Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

      Also please note, this session works best as either a half day or full day workshop. Please consider whether it could be included on the workshop day, or perhaps as 2 sessions, as a part 1 and part 2. If it can be a longer workshop, then the timing includes longer practical excerices (approximately 20-30 minutes each), with an additional group activity (20 minutes) and additional agile leadership principles (approximately 20 minutes). TIming can be adjusted to fit in best with your schedule.

      Many thanks and best regards,

      Kathy


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