Just as MSWord16 doesn't work on a laptop with Windows XP, some new methods of working are failing to deliver on their promises because we're trying to install them in environments that need an upgrade.

Join Sue Johnston in a lively exploration of what happens when traditional thinking gets in the way of innovation and progress towards organizational goals. We can't create positive and lasting change through action, alone. We need to change the way we - and those around us - think about our teams and our work.

You'll leave with:

  • an appreciation of the role of mindset on project success
  • a fresh approach to influencing others to produce good outcomes
  • techniques to shift from unilateral control to collaborative learning

Come and learn how to provide the operating system for highly productive teams. Warning: There will be hard thinking about soft skills.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

I will be presenting this session at both Prairie DevCon and the PMI Tech Triangle Symposium in October and will have feedback and experience from both sessions before GOAT. The session is inspired by Roger Schwartz's ideas in Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get Unstuck.

I have an interactive style of presentation and involve the audience as participants to the degree possible. Take questions as I go. For this session, I use huge posters of mindsets for this - smaller versions for tables. And a handout as a takeaway.

Timing is approximate.  I have not yet created the slides for this presentation and for this submission include, instead, a photo of the charts and participant stickies.

We'll open by introducing the idea of "operating system" as a metaphor for our mindset. Where does it come from? What are its characteristics? Can we influence or change it? If so, how? That's what we're here to discover.
(10 minutes - facilitated discussion)

After a brief look at how beliefs drive behaviour, we'll look at two mindsets that prevail in organizations today - Unilateral Control and Mutual Learning - and the beliefs that go with each. The Mutual Learning mindset is aligned with our work in Agile.
(10 minutes - lecture - well, as lecture-ish as I ever get)

As a group (or at tables if it's a big audience) we'll generate lists of behaviours/practices that show up for each mindset and capture them on sticky notes. This usually generates some lively discussion and examples from real life.
(15 minutes - activity)

Moves to a discussion of individual and organizational change and extends the metaphor of trying to install new software (Agile practices) in an old O/S (mindset). Table exercise based on the force field analysis game that looks at what enables or inhibits mindset change. This will lead us to taking a look at what can be done to do the update or full upgrade.
(15 minutes - activity to debrief to lecture)

Debrief, wrap-up next steps.
(10 minutes)


Learning Outcome

After participating in this session, people will

  • be able to describe the role of mindset on project success
  • have explored and practised techniques to influence others to produce good outcomes
  • be able to use techniques to shift from unilateral control to collaborative learning

Target Audience

This session would be suitable for anyone interested in helping organizations and people work through change



schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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