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Personal Agility: From Personal Satisfaction to Professional Impact

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Personal Agility is a simple, easy-to-use framework to help you figure out and do more of what really matters. Personal Agility connects what you do with who you are and who you want to be. Personal Agility is also a simple leadership framework to help you build alignment throughout your organization.

Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? This talk give answers, shares case studies, and shows how you can use this simple framework to do more that matters and less that doesn't!

As presented at Torino Agile Conference, February 3, 2018

Published in: Leadership & Management
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Personal Agility: From Personal Satisfaction to Professional Impact

  1. 1. How to do more of what matters From personal satisfaction to professional success Peter Stevens www.MyPersonalAgility.org (c)focalpointwww.fotosearch.com
  2. 2. Five reasons Agile transitions fail to meet expectations • Missing shared goal or purpose • Missing mindset • Inability to create alignment • Inability to get things done • Inability to hold the new mindset
  3. 3. Companies Scrum GetStuff Done Product Ownership Get RightStuff Done Personal Agility Create Alignment Mentoring Cultivatethe Mindset DoCapability Prioritize Listen & Engage Leadership Successful Products Performing Teams Trust
  4. 4. GetStuff Done Get RightStuff Done Create Alignment DoCapability Prioritize Listen & Engage Things that matter Impact Trust Individuals: GetStuff Done Get RightStuff Done Create Alignment Capability Prioritize Listen & Engage
  5. 5. Would you like to do things that matter? Share the story of Personal Agility Three easy tools for doing what matters From Personal Agility to Leadership Agility
  6. 6. Introducing… Me, Myself and I!
  7. 7. What really matters?
  8. 8. My goal is to inspire you to transform your world peter@saat-network.net @peterstev “Mr. What Really Matters” Possible Cover
  9. 9. Source: © fotolia.com I have three bosses None can tell me what to do next!
  10. 10. I have so much to do I don’t know where to start Source: © fotolia.com
  11. 11. Source: https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/57445655/Juggling-Meme
  12. 12. The question is not if you will say “No”… Demand “to do’s” Capacity Capacity
  13. 13. Demand “to do’s” Capacity The question is How will you invest your capacity? Waste Stuff That Matters!
  14. 14. Impact means doing what matters Demand “to do’s” Stuff That Matters! Waste Capacity
  15. 15. What happens if… what you do doesn’t matter? Demand “to do’s” Waste Capacity Stuff That Matters!
  16. 16. The objective is to say “yes” to what matters Demand “to do’s” Stuff That Matters!
  17. 17. The objective is to say “yes” to what matters and “no” to the rest! “No” Demand “to do’s” Stuff That Matters!
  18. 18. Stuff That Matters! The objective is to say “yes” to what matters or better, just ignore the rest! Demand “to do’s”
  19. 19. Three easy tools for doing what matters • Understanding the challenge • A simple framework for asking the right questions • An information radiator to understand the answers Stuff Done Right Stuff Done Do
  20. 20. To get the right things done, master three aspects Doing Work QuestioningSetting Priorities
  21. 21. Me, Myself and I must cover all three Doing Work Myself Questioning Celebration Coach Setting Priorities Me
  22. 22. Personal Agility is a simple framework for doing what matters Stuff done, Closer to who you want to be Celebrate & Choose Who you are, What you did What could I do this week? What can I expect to get done? What really matters? Do What is important or urgent? Who can help? 6 Questions 1 Recurring Event What did I do last week? 🎉 Choose photo credit: Stockfresh.com
  23. 23. The Priorities Map makes it easy to decide what’s next.
  24. 24. “This really works” Hartmuth Gieldanowski
  25. 25. From Personal Agility To Leadership Agility Descaling Alignment Do Create Alignment
  26. 26. It’s all about alignment!
  27. 27. If two people agree on what really matters, they are aligned Why How What Simon Sinek, Start with Why, “the golden circle”
  28. 28. Remember the key tasks of getting the right things done? Doing Work QuestioningSetting Priorities
  29. 29. Pretend for a moment that you are three people Me, Myself and I Doing Work - Myself Questioning Celebration Coach Setting Priorities Me
  30. 30. “Myself” owns the Priorities Map Doing Work - Myself Questioning Celebration Coach Setting Priorities Me
  31. 31. Ask or offer to a colleague to be your Celebration Coach to maintain alignment with that person Doing Work - You Questioning Celebration Coach your colleague, coach, spouse Setting Priorities You
  32. 32. How to apply Personal Agility with your manager? Doing Work - Myself Questioning Celebration Coach Setting Priorities Me
  33. 33. Step 1: Recognize that your manager is “above” you Setting Priorities - Me Questioning Celebration Coach Doing Work Myself
  34. 34. Remember, your Priorities Map belongs to you! Setting Priorities - Me Questioning Celebration Coach Deciding / Doing Work Myself
  35. 35. Take responsibility for understanding what really matters to your department Setting Priorities Your Manager Questioning You Deciding / Doing Work You
  36. 36. Personal Agility does not change or challenge the reporting structure!
  37. 37. How to use Personal Agility to have more impact at work • Schedule a regular 1-on-1 with your manager or stakeholder • Once per week to once per month • Use Celebrate and Choose & your Priorities Map to • Review what you’ve accomplished • Validate that you understand what really matters • Recognize changes in priorities • Validate / Set your priorities and goals for the next period • You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re doing Personal Agility • … unless they ask ;-) !
  38. 38. Leadership Agility employs Personal Agility to create alignment throughout the organization Stuff Done Right Stuff Done Do Create Alignment
  39. 39. Why should you believe me?
  40. 40. What benefits are people reporting? 1. Beating Procrastination 2. Feeling better about themselves 3. Understanding what really matters to themselves 4. Simple questions lead to deep insights 5. Able to say yes to the right things 6. Able to set and achieve long term goals 7. Better relationships with spouses and family 8. Fewer emergencies 9. Less smoking/health benefits
  41. 41. Summary: How to do more that matters • Every week: • Ask yourself the 6 questions of Personal Agility • Visualize the answers on your Priorities Map • To have more impact at work • Ask your stakeholders – what really matters? • Share Personal Agility and support the people around you
  42. 42. • Contact me: • Join the early readers club at www.MyPersonalAgility.com Are you curious? Let’s get started… Download a copy! Join the Early Readers Club! @peterstev https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterstev peter@saat-network.ch

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