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Agile People Leadership (ICP-LEA)

[12 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.

This training leads to an ICAgile Certification in Leading in Agility (ICP-LEA) 

Although the changed view on leaders and of the formal 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 action.

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 thection (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

The program is made up of 12 topics that we will cover over 12 intensive online sessions (Zoom).ng 19 January 2021 and ending on 26 February 2021

Date and Topic 

All the sessions run from 9:00 - 11:00 SAST

Tuesday 19 January 2021 F1 - Introduction to Agile People and important principles/tools

Friday 22 January 2021 F2 -  Psychological safety as a foundation for a learning organization

Tuesday 26 January 2021 F3 - Emerging strategies, structures and goals

Friday 29 January 2021 F4 - Building conditions for Agile culture

Tuesday 2 February 2021 F5 - The learning organization as a strategy and the future role of HR and managers

Friday 5 February 2021 L1 - Why Agile Leadership

Tuesday 9 February 2021 L2 - Types of Leadership

Friday 12 February 2021 L3 - What is Agile Leadership

Tuesday 16 February 2021 L4 - Knowing and leading yourself

Friday 19 February 2021 L5 - Team Leadership

Tuesday 23 February 2021 L6 - Effective Communication

Friday 26 February 2021 L7 - Boundary Spanning

Workshop program Session 1-5: Agile People Fundamentals

Session 1:  Introduction to Agile People and important principles/tools: The foundation of Agile Peoples' mindset is about the principles, values, methods, and tools that we need to start using to release competence and innovation - and what we stop doing. Your own challenges are discussed. Certification assignment and presentations.

Session 2: Psychological safety as a foundation for a learning organization: The importance of an approach that is pervaded by security and confidence to increase profitability and innovation - to increase creativity through a culture where it is ok to fail and try again. We play "The Psychological Safety Game" to facilitate dialogue about difficult topics.

Session 3:  Emerging strategies, structures and goals: Emerging strategies instead of long-term planning, new ways of working with strategy, budgets, goals, performance processes and rewards. Using value stream mapping to optimize flows in a system instead of working with resource optimization and sub-optimization of departments. Mindset Slider exercise. WoWs to be used: Beyond Budgeting, OKRs, Impact Mapping, VSM, etc.

Session 4: Building conditions for agile culture: Creating conditions for a fantastic culture where people can perform at their optimal level with a sense of being supported and secure. The gap between structures and culture/values. Structure - Culture Misfit Role Play. The importance of country culture for an Agile transformation.

Session 5: The learning Organization as Strategy and the future role of HR and managers: Boundary Spanning and the Buddy System to increase cross-border collaboration and increase the opportunity to create a fantastic organization together. Tips and examples for the change journey and how HR and managers need to change their own role to support it.

Summarize and following up on our own challenges and the next step.

Workshop program Session 6-12: Agile People Leadership

Session 6: Why Agile Leadership: The impact of big trends and the VUCA world and the drawbacks of the waterfall method for the 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.

Session 7: Types of leadership: A walkthrough of Leadership history and how it has developed until today.

Session 8: What is Agile Leadership? Examples of frameworks and cases. 9 leadership principles and the gardener metaphor. How performance can be supported with alternative ways of working. 

Session 9: 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 10: Conflict resolution: Basic conflict theory and finding the right balance between harmony and creative conflict in a team or organization.

Session 11: 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?

Session 12: Boundary Spanning - working cross-functionally and spanning boundaries of different kinds, inside and outside the organization and between topics, areas and diverse people. Conclusion and next steps 

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.

Target audience

Agile coaches, consultants, HR managers, HR Business Partners, HR professionals, line managers, operational & business managers and consulting managers in both the private and public sectors.

Course leader

Anja van Beek is an agile talent strategist, leadership expert and coach who partners with leaders and HR teams on all people-related aspects with a specific focus on adopting an agile mindset and integrating agile principles and practices.

Anja has more than 20 years of corporate experience. She has led multi-national teams through transition and change management. This ex-sage HR Director founded her own consulting and coaching practice in 2017. 

Anja is a guest speaker on a national talk show "World of Work" and her articles appear regularly in prominent HR and business outlets. 

Sarika Kharbanda is a global lean change agent and change hacker who 1) influence organizational culture through artful interventions 2) explores how to nudge change forward by understanding and valuing different perspectives 3) believes and lives being comfortable with uncertainty and complexity.

Sarika has more than 22 years of experience and has been instrumental in leading change transformations globally across Singapore, Poland, the Nordic countries, Europe, UK and India within technology, insurance and financial sector.

Sarika is the host of a talk show on "Perspectives of Change".

Online Delivery

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 sent to your location and distributed digitally.


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 sessions.

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 scheduled on specific days at specific times?

Yes, it will be scheduled on Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 - 11:00 (SAST) See above what applies to this course.

After training completion, what is the process to become ICAgile Certified?

The process of certification is that you need to finalize the certification assignment, which is to describe how you would turn around HR and leadership in a company that has gone bankrupt due to not being agile enough (real case, a Swedish fashion company). When the assignment is finalized (approved with feedback from us), we will make your certificate download available from ICAgile via a link.

Events cancellation policy

If you should have to cancel your registration, notification in writing should be sent to info@agilepeople.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

- No refund will be issued for cancellations received within 14 days of the event.
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