Inside the complexity of agility is the elegant simplicity of 5 attributes of agility to change our relationship with, inviting the 5 Roles for Everyday Agile Leaders (#5REALS) to step up to.
These are new roles for most people, distilled from studying the secrets of everyday agile leaders in the real world, translating them into terms relevant to the business world, which can be facilitated with your teams in the advisory world. They are simultaneously ...
Stepping up to these 5 new roles adds up to us being the Chief Agility Officer of our businesses.
If we don't, trust me, we risk that no one else will! Watch the video for an introduction.
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Chaos is the primary problem in business these days, but there are 2 kinds of chaos, disorganized-chaos and organized-chaos, which are 2 completely different worlds. Few people have had any coaching about chaos and, as a result, can easily get stuck in chronic disorganized-chaos and crisis management.
Be the Chief Chaos Coach in your business, coaching your people to change their relationship with chaos, moving from disorganized chaos to organized chaos.
The antidote to chaos is triage, which is the most acute form of time management, priority management, resource management, attention management and frankly everything management you can get, in a real-time unfolding, high stakes journey of a situation like dog fight, or a special forces mission or an offshore oil & gas drilling rig, in which you get few second chances. Indeed, like business is these days.
There is a huge difference between partial-triage, in which we triage inside of partial situational awareness, and full-triage, in which we triage inside of full situational awareness. Few people have had any facilitation of triage and, as a result, can easily get stuck in partial-triage. Which in turn invites disorganized chaos.
Be the Chief Triage Facilitator in your business, facilitating your people to change their relationship with triage, moving from partial triage to full triage.
The secret of good triage is to learn as much as possible about an unfolding situation in foresight rather than in hindsight. Hindsight is so much more expensive, and often comes with high cost and sometimes life-and-death consequences. Few people have had any training about insight and learning in foresight and, as a result, can easily get stuck learning in hindsight. Which in turn invites partial triage and disorganized chaos.
Be the Chief Insight Trainer in your business, training your people to change their relationship with insight, moving from learning in hindsight to learning in foresight.
If we have been learning in foresight, we are more likely to experience good luck by design rather than bad luck by accident. Luck is a lot less random than we think, "luck is where preparation meets opportunity" kind of thing and we can easily be woefully under-prepared. Few people have had any consulting about luck and, as a result can, easily get stuck more likely to be experiencing bad luck by accident. Which in turn invites learning in hindsight, partial triage and disorganized chaos.
Be the Chief Luck Consultant in your business, consulting with your people to change their relationship with luck, moving from luck by accident to luck by design.
The bottom-line is your journey and trajectory of your business, profitability & growth, career and life, as an unfolding flow, macroscopically (the big picture) and the microscopically (the small details) simultaneously. Few people really understand how to architect breakthrough journeys and, as a result, can easily get stuck hitting a glass ceiling unable to breakthrough, or worse. Which in turn invites bad luck by accident, learning in hindsight, partial triage and disorganized chaos.
Be the Chief Journey Architect, helping your people change their relationship with the journey, moving from macroscopic to also microscopic, from bad micromanagement to good micromanagement.
Fragility begets more fragility, as a self-defeating, vicious cycle and downwards spiral of disorganized-chaos, partial-triage, learning from hindsight, bad luck by accident and bad micro-management, all feeding on each other. Agility begets more agility, as a self-fulfilling, virtuous cycle and upwards spiral of organized-chaos, full-triage, learning from foresight, good luck by design and good micro-management, all feeding on each other.
That's the nature of the challenge, which at the extreme divides the world into 2 camps, of the fragile majority and the agile minority. The fragile majority can easily feel stuck.
In the expanding universe of agile insights, cluttered with so many confusing concepts, it is easy to lose inspiration to step up to your role as the Chief Agility Officer of your business.
Don't let that happen. I have sat in your seat. I know what it's like.
Let me guide and focus you on the essence of the agility challenge in the driver's seat of small to medium sized and fast moving businesses. Learn how to step up to The 5 Roles of Everyday Agile Leaders and inflect the bottom line trajectory of Agile C2C: Conversation-Flow to Cash-Flow.
Become a student of agility.