Lessons on Agility from the Dalai Lama
“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama
As I sat in rapt attention to a talk by the Dalai Lama in honor of his 80th birthday celebrations earlier this year, there was an unexpected and serendipitous realization that many of his stories and messages shared an uncanny yet natural affinity to what we would call “being Agile”.
More recently, at the Agile2015 conference, Lyssa Atkins asked “What if agile in your organization were just practice ground for you getting skills to address global issues? What if?”
In this atypical session targeted at all those interested in viewing Agile values, principles and practices from a different vantage point, we will explore this interplay of social consciousness and agile, focusing on select musings from Dalai Lama on compassion, wisdom, experimentation, collaboration, leadership, and their applicability to our behaviors and actions as Agilists.
Outline/structure of the Session
Introduction & Exploration of theme (15 minutes):
The presenter will select various quotes from the Dalai Lama and share how she made the connection between that particular quote and a specific Agile principle. She will also share examples she has experienced of the manifestation of that quote and the associated Agile principle.
Facilitated Discussion (15 minutes):
Participants will volunteer to facilitate a breakout discussion about a particular Dalai Lama quote; other participants will self organize to join the discussion of the quote that interests them the most, and how it may relate to their life as an Agilist.
Sharing/Close out (15 minutes):
Participants will share key points from their group discussions.
* Exploration of the implications and underlying meaning of Agile practices and values through an alternative lens
* Collective learning by making connections across seemingly unrelated topics