Bulls**t; stop telling me it's impossible

hear it all the time in my work: “That’s nice in theory, but it’s not possible to do that here because .” Or perhaps it’s “There’s no way I could do .” Whatever the story, whether in a personal or corporate context, people tell me all the time how a change is not possible. Here’s the secret though: when we approach a problem from a place of being impossible it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Leadership is one of the most complex and potentially rewarding things you can do in life. Leading for Change starts with seeing your own fears and stories, and choosing to move past them. In this session, we will be working together to confront a fear almost every one of us has. What you will come to learn is that it’s possible to write your story your way, and not be controlled by them. When leaders learn to confront their fears, their impact goes far beyond what they and those they lead thought of as possible.

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Outline/structure of the Session

At the start, participants will be asked to write down their biggest fear they don't want anyone else at their work to know about. I will ask them to not include their names on the cards. I will collect them, and put them aside for the moment.

I will then immerse them in a partner based activity, in which they will confront one of the most common fears. Don't worry, no-one will die in the making of this session. We will use this experience to then talk about how as leaders, our stories get in the way of accomplishing what we want.

We will then return to the cards they wrote on. I usually don't get through all of them in a one hour talk, but I'll read several of them, and tie it back to our own stories get in the way of the transformations we're trying to lead.

Finally, I will bring some closure to this session, by providing them supporting resources to help them dig deeper into their stories, and unlock the potential they already have in them.

Learning Outcome

  • Participants will be immersed in an eye opening experience, in which they start to see as a leader they are creating our own reality through the stories they tell themselves.
  • Participants will be aware of the importance of confronting our stories as leaders to overcome the important issues, especially when leading teams looking to improve and/or adopt Agile.

Target Audience

Leaders, ScrumMasters, Coaches, Project Managers, and anyone else in a leadership type position


Nothing is really required in advance. What will help them with their openness to the topic is if they have some experience trying to make it happen.

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