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Leaders at All Levels

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Agile & Beyond 2015 Keynote

Traditional definitions of leadership emphasize position, formal authority and power, vision, heroics. Those definitions might have been sufficient in another time. Organizations that need to respond to a fast-changing environment and desire continuous improvement require a different kind of leadership and a different kind of leader.

In this talk, we'll explore a different definition of leadership: “The ability to enhance the environment, so that everyone is empowered to contribute creatively to solving the problem(s)”… and what it means to lead from where you are.

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Leaders at All Levels

  1. 1. Leaders at All Levels
  2. 2. 1. When I feel disempowered. I _____________. 2. When I feel empowered, I _______________.
  3. 3. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby “Leadership is simply causing other people to do what the leaders want.” “Leadership is the ability to inspire motivation in others to move toward a desirable vision.” “Leadership is the process of encouraging certain behaviors in others via force of personality, persuasion and eloquent communication.”
  4. 4. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby TOP (“Leaders”)
 Set Strategic Objectives MIDDLE {“Leaders”) Direct and Coordinate Activities BOTTOM Perform Activities In a typical hierarchy….
  5. 5. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Experience Creativity Knowledge
  6. 6. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Contextual Knowledge Front-line Knowledge
  7. 7. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Leadership is… the ability to enhance the environment so that everyone is empowered to contribute creatively to solving problems. Gerald M.Weinberg
  8. 8. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Experience Creativity Knowledge
  9. 9. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Contextual Knowledge Front-line Knowledge Expand the Diamond Expand Creative Problem Solving
  10. 10. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Clarity. Conditions. Constraints.
  11. 11. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Clarity: People know what to work on. They know how their work fits into the big picture.
 They understand who their customers are, and how what they do makes a difference for those customers.
  12. 12. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Conditions: People have the means to do the work. Organizational structures and policies must support the work.
  13. 13. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Constraints: People know what should always be done ….and what should never be done. People can articulate their bounded autonomy.
  14. 14. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Routine or Regulated Innovation Chaos Rigid Enabling
  15. 15. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby “To be a highly functional system, hierarchy must balance the welfare, freedoms and responsibilities of the subsystems and total system--there must be enough central control to achieve coordination toward the large system goal, and enough autonomy to keep all subsystems flourishing, functioning, and self-organizing.” Donella. H. Meadows
  16. 16. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby STEERING ENABLING DOING / DELIVERING
  17. 17. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby
  18. 18. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby
  19. 19. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby
  20. 20. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Coherence over Consistency
  21. 21. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby
  22. 22. 1. When I feel disempowered. I _____________.
  23. 23. 2. When I feel empowered, I _______________.
  24. 24. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Leaders at all levels: better and faster decision making greater flexibility increased engagement vastly reduced need for “supervision”
  25. 25. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby "The original purpose of a hierarchy is always to help its originating subsystems do their jobs better.” Donella H. Meadows
  26. 26. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2014 esther derby Learn to live with... • complexity and mess • redundancy • slack • perception of loss of control
  27. 27. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2014 esther derby Work on building... • Clarity • Coherence up, down, across • Bounded autonomy • Trust
  28. 28. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2014 esther derby It’s not simple. It’s not easy. There is no one right way. There is no prescriptive plan. You won’t get there in one giant leap.
  29. 29. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2014 esther derby It is possible. You will get there by experimenting, having conversations, learning. You will create a more flexible organization. You will increase the speed and ease of communication. You will improve the pace and appropriateness of decisions. You will unleash potential.
  30. 30. Esther Derby designing environments for agile success +1 612.239.1214 esther@estherderby.com www.estherderby.com twitter: @estherderby (c) 2015 esther derby Esther Derby esther@estherderby.com +1 612.239.1214 www.estherderby.com @estherderby

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