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You‘re not the Boss of me! - Influence without Authority through Lateral Leadership


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These are slides from two talks I gave at Product Tank Zurich and Product Tank Karlsruhe during fall 2018. Learn more about lateral leadership and how to apply it in your everyday life of working within cross-functional Agile teams in my book 'Lateral Leadership: A Practical Guide for Agile Product Managers':

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You‘re not the Boss of me! - Influence without Authority through Lateral Leadership

  1. 1. Lateral Leadership You‘re not the Boss of me!
  2. 2. Takeaways
  3. 3. 1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  4. 4. We forgot that ‘Agile’ means more than shipping early and often.
  5. 5. A Missing Piece for Agile Teams
  6. 6. old way of working = old way of leading new way of working = new way of leading
  7. 7. vs
  8. 8. Similar expectations on delivered outcome, but lacking recognition of necessary skills, tools & training.
  9. 9. Why Alignment matters ● ● ● ●
  10. 10. Alignment enables Autonomy
  11. 11. Meet the Mission Briefing ● ● ● ●
  12. 12. Mission Briefing Intro 1. The context 2. Higher intent 3. My intent 4. Key implied tasks 5. Defining the boundaries
  13. 13. Use the phrase “disagree and commit.” This phrase will save a lot of time. If you have conviction on a particular direction even though there’s no consensus, it’s helpful to say, “Look, I know we disagree on this but will you gamble with me on it? Disagree and commit?” By the time you’re at this point, no one can know the answer for sure, and you’ll probably get a quick yes. -Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon
  14. 14. Strategy & Process Agreements don’t help you day to day. Demonstrating empathy does.
  15. 15. Empathy Levels Empathy for Domain of Expertise
  16. 16. Working with Domain Experts
  17. 17. Don’t play catch-up. Understand Pains.
  18. 18. Empathy for Individual Peers Empathy Levels
  19. 19. People struggle every Day
  20. 20. Create Informal Roles
  21. 21. Positive Escalation
  22. 22. Escalation Myths
  23. 23. Be the leader you would want to follow yourself.
  24. 24. Thank you Available today!