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    Oana Juncu - Ego, Power, Fear ... and Leadership

    Oana Juncu
    Oana Juncu
    Executive Coach
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 Mins

    Wether you are an Agile Coach, an Agile transformation facilitator or a Scrum Master, did it happen to you to feel frustrated because the change you wanted to see was nat the change that was taking place? Did you ever think that the values and principles you promoted had not the desired echo? Did you ever felt the pressure to succeed a transformation, while people had other operational priorities? If you are a manager, did you feel excited by a more collaborative way of working, then felt lost because your hierarchy hase the same "old ways" type of expectations form you?

    If you ever felt this way, this session invites you to explore another path toward leadership, a path that I believe helpful either for coaches, facilitators, and managers, the path of the servant leader, who I'd rather call "leader at service".

    The challenge of a "leader at service" posture is the letting go of our own fears, our ego and eventually, our own involvement in power games, therefore we will discover together, from a systemic point of view, how our own fears may reinforce our ego and may push us in group power dynamics. The "Human Element" model created by William Schulz will be used to explore the root causes of fears and how we can address them, and Robert Greenleaf's Servant Leadership principles will be also used as a support

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

Back in 2006 I was Woking as CTO of a for a TV company specialised in sports. I realised back then, that what was most important for an event driven company is to have the right product at the right time instead of getting a product right. I started back then with my teams to look into XP as another way of dealing with daily changes that our suppliers engaged in a waterfall-ish model could not follow. In 2007 I led two projects in parallel, one in waterfall one using Scrum ( my first one), and the comparison between the two made me embrace Agile ... for the next 13 years to come and beyond.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

I think the biggest challenge is to create a deep Agile culture that is not only verbal, in fancy workshops or in powerpoint presentations.

I think we need to take care of the tension between the good intention of making better quality products, in a more collaborative way, involving all the stakeholders in a holostic approach and the entrenched  culture in place that won't let go its habits. We need to compassionately support the organisation to see why they do what they do and how much change they can bare at one time.

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

My session explores the impact between our fears on team and organisations dynamics and how they relate to Ego and power positions. I'm interested by this topic in a transformation program context. Fear is.an emotion in face of change, because change is uncertainty and uncertainty is a threat for our brain. In this 45 min workshop we will also discover the  Willian Schutz model, called the Human Element,  who describes what are our key needs in any social environment, from family to professional interactions.

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

The collective unconscious behaviours tend to keep the system that is in place and, like the subconscious part of our brain are way more powerful that the reasoning part. The only way of coping with them is to create awareness about them.

There is no true transformation - Agile or other-  without acknowledging our fears of transformation. 

True leaders show their vulnerabilities. We are all leaders when we have the courage to do so.


5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

The Biology of a leader , Anna Obukhova

How to overcome the addiction of the So Called "technical Debt", Ralf Westhal

The Ethics of Agile Coaching, Shane Hastie


6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the Agile Community?

I'm excited to be part of this community.  It's a  wonderful human adventure and a powerful learning journey to grow together.