Agile Leadership / Agile Teams
Living with the "same old, same old?" Tired of problems that seem to never get handled? Disappointed with reoccurring excuses, pass-the-buck attitudes from your people, or the perpetual blame game with other departments? Idea Champions' Agile Leadership/Agile Teams workshop focuses on how forward thinking leaders can short circuit those management frustrations by creating agile innovation teams, building an agile culture, and establishing an adaptable mindset in their people.
Agile is not just for software anymore. Agile teams are short-term, entrepreneurial groups on a mission to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and system glitches, as well as large, complex problems. Agile teams are small and multidisciplinary, charged with a clear mission and just enough funding. Agile teams move at high speeds and require an agile leader to clear bureaucratic roadblocks and lubricate interdepartmental frictions. Agile leaders and agile teams hold themselves accountable for results. Agile Teams make a clear impact on the bottom line, customer satisfaction, innovation, and long-term competitiveness.
The agile leader learns how to identify problems, examine options, focus the flow of ideas, and move the team out of their "can't do" norm. Agile leaders and managers learn how to encourage staff to exhibit agile thinking and creativity in the workplace. Agile teams are self-governing, putting the responsibility for innovation in the hands of people closest to the customer. Agile leaders point to the problem, but the team is charged with finding, prototyping, and implementing solutions. This speeds up the innovation process and frees leadership to do what they do best – set strategic direction and build a capable, adaptable organization.
Agile teams are iterative. Leaders and managers work together with agile teams to determine the pace of change, manage intermediary outcomes, and reduce risks to the company. Sequenced steps can replace "All-in" company transformations. Agile teams can be scaled to approach a multitude of opportunities from marketing to new products to HR. Many companies have launched dozens of agile teams with clear coordination and responsibilities among and between them, successfully mastering large initiatives.
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