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I work with a lot of executive leadership and large organizations on culture change issues, and I often hear the question, “Should we go agile?” or “We’re thinking about going agile. What do you think, is agile for us?”

My usual response is that I don’t think that’s the right question — because agile is not a noun, it’s not a thing.

The right question is, “Am I exposed to change, complexity, and uncertainty in my business, my department, my function, my team? Am I exposed to people on my team not stepping up?” Continue reading

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Guest Post by Mike Edwards

Thank you Mike Edwards for allowing us to re-blog this post from  www.mikeeedwards.ca

I was out running this morning enjoying a beautiful fall morning run. I was thinking about the number of great wins I’ve celebrated in the last few months and how fortunate I’ve been. I have renewed clarity regarding my career goals, I am feeling aligned with myself, I continue on my path for health & fitness, and so much more! Continue reading

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The final step to clean up a broken agreement after you have made amends is to recommit to the relationship.

How do you do that? By telling the other party (who has received your acknowledgment, apology, and amends) exactly how you intend to treat the relationship in the future.

What does this do? If you are sincere in making this recommitment, you will reduce the likelihood of repeating the past mistake or mistakes similar to them.

Recommitment also allows your partners to restore their faith in you.

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So I made a mistake

How companies respond to their mistakes demonstrates their Responsibility culture.

Target’s stock was slaughtered after their credit card data breach last year. In May Ebay waited two weeks to report it’s database of personal information on 145 million active buyers had been hacked, and this weekend Kmart reported it’s payment systems have been compromised since September.

Yet Home Depot just had a huge breach and responded very effectively, giving everyone who might have been affected a year’s worth of free credit security monitoring (likely a great business development partnership for the supplier of that service, eh?).

So imagine my desire for a responsible and effective clean-up when I accidentally spammed 800 people in my database. Continue reading

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Tackling issues as a teamGuest Post by Jessica Soroky

Christopher Avery here. If you are a regular, then you know Jessica — an evolutionary event in our time. If you don’t know her, check her last 52 posts here. Enjoy. (I appreciate you Jessica.)

Many people believe that nothing is truly a selfless act because if I am to do something, then I must be getting something out of it.

I don’t disagree with this idea. There hasn’t been a time when I have done something and haven’t gotten anything out of it.

I go to work and get not only a paycheck out of that but a satisfying feeling in my soul that I am doing something purposeful. I spend time with my parents because it is a place I feel unconditional love and complete acceptance of who I am.

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slow downGuest Post by Cathy Laffan

Christopher Avery here, welcoming Cathy Laffan again to this blog. Cathy is an innovative executive with a global financial services firm. She shares a love for responsible leadership. Read more about Cathy at the end of her post. Enjoy.

Do you hear yourself saying things like, “I’m too busy to…” or “I don’t have time to…”?

Did it ever occur to you that slowing down may help you grow?

Are you wondering how I can suggest that you slow down when you already feel as though you have no time or are just too busy?

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make amendsOnce you have acknowledged a mistake and apologized for it, why should you make amends? And how?

Maybe you are thinking this might open the door for the other party to demand the most damaging penance.

Hopefully not. In my experience, when my intention to make amends is clear, others don’t feel the need to shame me.

The best reason to ask the offended party how you can make amends is to obtain the target information that can get the relationship back on track, back to a place where Continue reading

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my realityGuest Post by Jessica Soroky

Christopher Avery here. If you are a regular, then you know Jessica — an evolutionary event in our time. If you don’t know her, check her last 52 posts here. Enjoy. (I appreciate you Jessica.)

I stood in the security line at the airport on the way to give a presentation to the PMI Austin chapter for their professional development day.

Just like any other trip through the airport, I began to get everything situated just the way TSA wants it.

With all my bins full, the last thing I had to do was Continue reading

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take ownershipAccording to the teambuilding literature over the last 70 years, when teams perform highly, three things consistently appear:

1: People go beyond what they are asked to do. The more you drive accountability, the less that’s probably going to happen.

2: Yes, there is indeed high performance. The team members are very productive, add tremendous value, and the project is very successful because they go beyond what they’re asked to do.

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Guest Post by Jessica Soroky

Christopher Avery here. If you are a regular, then you know Jessica — an evolutionary event in our time. If you don’t know her, check her last 52 posts here. Enjoy. (I appreciate you Jessica.)

How often to we see things not because they are so obvious but because we are looking for them?

This can be applied both positively and negatively.

Take for instance the many times I have felt categorized because I am “young,” oftentimes resulting in some form of discrimination. My fear of being treated differently, or judged, because I am simply younger than a lot of my colleagues has over time built a high sensitivity for the subject.

On some level (unconscious or conscious) I am constantly looking for this to happen and therefor notice it more often. If I stopped looking for it, would it still be a problem for me? Would I respond differently?

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