When we gather as agilists, sometimes we share successes and celebrate the work we do. But, we often end up talking about the challenges of our work: the Agile transformations
When we gather as agilists, sometimes we share successes and celebrate the work we do. But, we often end up talking about the challenges of our work: the Agile transformations that start and stop in fits and spurts (or start over entirely), the toxic resistance, the permafrost, leadership that just doesn’t get it, the risk of being fired for telling hard truths, the lack of psychological safety, silos, silos, and more silos. Do you ever feel like you’re a character in a soap opera?
In this interactive MeetUp, I invite you to use the tropes of soap operas to examine our experiences with Agile transformation and our work as agilists. Our lenses will be some of the common soap opera plot devices, including: coming back from the dead, rapid aging of children to adults, medical miracles, marriages and remarriages, amnesia, character recasting, evil corporations, and grudges between characters who refuse to speak to one another (or worse). What can we learn? What anti-patterns will we reveal? What are the opportunities for strengthening ourselves, our work, and Agile transformations? What do we need from each other?
Agile transformation is hard. Working over the past couple of months has brought even more challenges. Let’s take a break from the intensity, have some fun, and come up with some ways to reframe the tough problems we face on a daily basis.
(This exploration grows out of an ad hoc session I facilitated at the 2018 AgileDC conference called, “The Young and the Coachless: The Agile Coaching Soap Opera.” I would like to thank the people who joined me in the hallway at the Kellogg Center that afternoon and shared their experiences with openness, humor, and vulnerability. I’d also like to thank Antoinette Coetzee, my global thought and co-creation partner for her ideas on another version of this session.)
Kari McLeod is passionate about fostering pervasive leadership in organizations so that they can sense and respond to complexity, innovate, and succeed. The foundation of her approach is working with individuals and teams or groups to grow their personal and relational agility. And in times like these, who doesn’t want to be able to roll with what is here, all the disruption, all the things? Kari takes her clients further by inviting them to thrive in complexity and create and co-create the future they envision. As she works with these individuals and interactions, Kari encourages organizations to increase their agility by inviting leaders throughout the system to shape the environment, the ways of working, and, ultimately, the organization’s success.
Kari is a coach, facilitator and trainer. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. Kari has an MA in human geography and a PhD in the history of medicine. She lives with her husband and four daughters in Leesburg, Virginia, and one of her favorite things to do is go for daily hikes in the neighboring woods with her dog.
7:00 PM – Main Event
8:00 – 8:30 – Wrap-up and Q&A
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm