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    Anti agile without even knowing it

    It’s easy to be a critic or cynic of something, to put counter views out there or to dismiss or reject ideas. But it’s way more helpful to understand a few fundamentals first and then add your views.

    If agile is something new-ish to you, it’s good to know that many of the agile ways of thinking and working are based on the principles and practices written in 2001 in the Agile Manifesto. You can read the list of them via the Agile Alliance website or here’s a visual I created a couple of years ago, helping people to share and recall the information in an easier way.

    Yes, things keep evolving in the world of agile, but understanding some of the fundamentals can take you a long way forward by initiating conversations, building understanding and advancing the practice.

    Why not start a conversation from one of these principles to uncover how you're currently working and what might be a new way of working.

    Which of these look like a great way to work to you? 


    Attention and focus

    Reporting in from Agile 2019 in Washington DC ... Author Chris Bailey kicked off the conference keynoting on how to manage your attention in a world of distraction. I

    t turns out we don't need to fit more content in, we need to create more space. Productivity he says, is a combination of time, energy and attention.

    We'd do well to take care of our energy. It was funny when he said that having a coffee now is borrowing our energy from later in the day. (Alcohol is borrowing energy and happiness from tomorrow!)

    But the key message is, we crave distraction - lasting just 40 seconds on a task before we get distracted - lapping up the dopamine hits we get from checking devices and drowning in screen-time. We need to let our messy minds wander; to rediscover boredom. It's over-stimulation which is the enemy of focus.

    As Chris spoke, I captured these rapid fire notes in this visual one-pager. Lots of information there and better than a list of boring writing that won't get looked at again. (I use visual notes like this to manage my cognitive load at conferences. It's only Day 1 of 5 - it's a marathon not a sprint!)  

    Yawn! How could you rediscover boredom ?


    It's time to clean up our language


    Listening to people talking is something we do every day; listening in workshops, in planning sessions, in meetings, conversations and learning environments.

    I don't know about you, but I hear lots of 'dirty' language! Ok, not swearing, but rather let's call it 'unclean language'. 

    This is language where people interrupt, make assumptions, give directions, tell people what to do and dish out prescriptions. Yes... how much do you enjoy being told what to do? Often we may not intend to be so ... dirty... with our language, so it's something to be aware of. 

    We really do need to clean up our language!

    Clean language has the capacity to break down silos, build trusting environments, boost our capabilities to think, evolve our ideas and deepen engagement. It's an approach identified and developed by New Zealander David Grove. More leaders, coaches, managers and drivers of change might like the idea of achieving those things.

    You can read more about the technicalities of clean language here and here but a session presented at a conference I was at recently reminded me of the power of this clean listening and communication tool.

    In short, here's how you keep it clean:
    • listen using the person's words
    • use 'and...' to kick off your sentence or question
    • ask 3 key clean questions (where x is a word they've mentioned/used)
      • And what kind of x is that x?
      • And is there anything else about x?
      • And that's x like what ?
    • stick to these three questions
    • slow down.
    You can get the essence of the session from my visual notes.

    So... how 'clean' are you? How clean are the others on your team? 

    Boost engagement, build trust and break down silos in these challenging times by cleaning things up.

    How did that happen?

    In a recent workshop with a senior leadership team, the highest priority topic of the day wasn't strategy, or competition or finances. It was death and injury. 

    'How did that happen?' asked the leaders when it was reported that one of the team had been killed and another injured at work. 

    The stark reality is that safety is the most important thing in the workplace. 

    After discussion of key points from the day and identifying actions for leaders of all levels to implement, the visual I share with you this week is a reminder that none of us can take safety lightly. 

    In your own environment, and with your own team, family and community… please, be safe. 



    Change is easy if you use your brain

    Got some habits that die hard? 

    It's no wonder! Our brains are passive, but our minds are active. This causes lots of 'thinking errors'. And we've all had plenty of them today … already!

    This week I share a quick video (above) plus my narration of 'Change is easy if you use your brain' from neuro researcher Jeffrey Schwartz. 

    When you understand 'won't power' ... you'll be able to make better choices and change will be easier!