Agile People Leadership - Overview [7 Online Sessions]
Today the most progressive companies have changed the formal management role to a more servant leadership role, realizing that people are most productive, creative and happy when they have personal control over their own lives and the ability to be leaders of their destiny, private or work-related. In these organizations, everybody is expected to be a leader, so there is paradoxical, a lot more leadership there.
Although the changed view on leaders and of the formal HR manager role is far from mainstream today, many organizations are experimenting with alternative structures, replacing budgets with forecasts and dynamic resource allocation, to create the best possible value. The role of managers is changing rapidly and also, the role of HR is under tremendous change, from focusing mainly on policies and processes to understanding that the future for HR lies in creating conditions for people to perform and be happy. By removing impediments, we can instead maximize engagement and employee satisfaction that will fuel speed and adaptability in a common, strategic direction.
The question is, where do managers and HR go from here? What will become of them, when everybody seems to be able to lead themselves? Will, they slowly become obsolete when information and knowledge are transparent for everybody and power is not anymore in the hands of a few "talents" who were promoted because they were seen as "HIPOs" in a world where people were judged in a yearly performance review? Or is there an alternative future role that would be the natural step when leaving the process-oriented and transactional leadership style in favor of ways of working more suitable for a complex reality?
Regardless if you are an agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how people strategy and people operations need to change when working in a company embracing the agile value structure.
During the Agile People Leadership training we cover 3 perspectives:
Individual perspective (YOU) Knowing yourself and why you do what you do.
- The Reiss Motivation Profile (RMP) shows your basic needs and motives, and contributes to a better understanding of yourself and your leadership, and why you do what you do…
- Helping others finding their perfect place in the organization taking their personality and situation into account
Team perspective (WE IN OUR TEAM)
- How to increase the pace from immature to mature high-performing teams, using skills for communication and conflict resolution
- How to grow and develop teams to be independent and empowered to make their own decisions, for example about their contribution to the organization's goals or their salaries
Organizational perspective (ALL OF US)
- How to balance an agile culture with an agile structure, providing enough support for emerging strategies where all people are involved in setting the direction (via OKRs or other kinds of relative targets)
- How to work to change behaviors – accomplishing an agile mindset and culture through removing limiting structures (budgets linked to fixed performance targets and rewards)
- Create a Learning organization where it's ok to make mistakes and learn from them (requires a platform of Psychological Safety)
Workshop program Session 1-7: Agile People Leadership
Session 1: Why Agile Leadership
The impact of big trends and the VUCA world and the drawbacks of the waterfall method for development of new products. Problems with the way we still manage and lead and the better way. Theory X and Y view of leadership - examples. The organization as a social system.
Session 2: Types of leadership
A walkthrough of Leadership history and how it has developed until today. We move from the authoritative command and control leadership to the servant leader.
Session 3: Knowing and leading yourself
Emotional intelligence, mental models and mindful leadership. The organization as a social construct and interpersonal mush vs. interpersonal clarity. How we are biased: 4 examples of biases that we all hold and the antidote. The 4 selves of a leader with a self assessment.
Session 4: Conflict resolution
Basic conflict theory and finding the right balance between harmony and creative conflict in a team or organization.
Session 5: Effective Communication
How do we make sure that what we communicate get the intended result and that we are clear on how to communicate the right stuff in a way that would make sense for people, regardless of cognitive differences? One of the most important tools of a leader is to communicate so that the right message reaches the target group in the intended manner.
Session 6: What is Agile Leadership?
Examples of agile leadership frameworks and cases. 9 leadership principles and the Gardener Metaphor. How performance can be supported with alternative ways of working. Leadership Maturity exercise.
Session 7: Boundary Spanning, agile for budgeting and performance management
Working cross-functionally and spanning boundaries of different kinds, inside and outside the organization and between topics, areas and diverse people. Buddy System exercise. How to work with budgets, fixed performance targets and rewards in an agile environment.
Conclusion and next steps: Retrospective (ALL) and KUDOs
This highly interactive course will give you the tools and roadmap on how to grow in your Agile People skills - from building your capacity and skill in self-leadership, how to lead others at all levels in the organization and ultimately how to support and enable others to lead at all levels.
You will also be welcomed into the Agile People network.. a global network of agile professionals collaborating to promote and help modern organizations towards increased Business Agility.
Agile coaches, consultants, managers, line managers, operational & business managers and consulting managers in both the private and public sectors.
Your course leader and facilitator is Pia-Maria Thorén, who has 25 years of consultant experience from large Swedish and international companies within HR and leadership. She is the founder of GreenBullet and Agile People and the author of the book Agile People – A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees).
Helgi Gudmundsson is a passionate agile practitioner, professional coach, and facilitator with over fifteen years of experience developing organisations and teams spanning private-, not-for-profit-, and startup sectors. Having both served and led on over a dozen leadership and project teams and with hands on experience guiding an organisation through a 15-month change process, Helgi brings a combination of exploration, concrete experience and an evidence based approach to developing agility, effective leadership and robust collaboration at all levels.
Helgi holds degrees in International Business & Marketing as well as Occupational & Organisational Psychology, with a further specialisation in Conflict Resolution, Group Facilitation, and Professional Coaching (ICF). He is the co-author of the ICP-ALP Agile Leadership course, in collaboration with Pia-Maria Thorén.
We are working with Zoom for presentations and team exercises, Trello for keeping track of the agenda items and exercises and Slack for communication between the sessions. There will be some work to be done after every session, so add about 5 hours more every week. Course literature and material will be distributed digitally.
During the period, you take part in 2-hour sessions. Totally 7 sessions - six options, depending on where you are in the world. Date and time is your start time. Please add the option you choose when signing up, in the comments field.
Do I need any pre-competence?
You don't need any pre-competence of agile to attend the online course. We are tailoring the course for the participants and your level.
How does the process look for this training?
The training is a copy of the physical training but we will use online tools instead of face-to-face meetings. You will need a good internet connection and an undisturbed workplace where you can have a quiet background. We will work in break-out sessions in Zoom and use Slack för communication between the instructor-led session.
All material will be shared via a Trello board and a Google drive. We will let you know everything about practicalities during the first session.
Are the classes scheduled on specific days at specific times?
Yes, classes will be scheduled on specific days and times. See above what applies to this course.
Events cancellation policy
If you should have to cancel your registration, notification in writing should be sent to email@example.com. Please make sure you state the name of the conference/event in the subject line of your email.
- A refund of 85% will be given for cancellations received 60 days before the start of the event
- A refund of 50% will be given for cancellations received between 59 days before 31 days to the start of the event
- A refund of 25% will be given for cancellations received between 30 days before 14 days to the start of the event