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Nurturing Indian agile leaders with insights from Indian culture and mythology - Anand Murthyraj

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Nurturing Indian agile leaders with insights from Indian culture and mythology - Anand Murthyraj

  1. 1. AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com ANAND MURTHY RAJ NURTURING INDIAN AGILE LEADERS WITH INSIGHTS FROM INDIAN CULTURE AND MYTHOLOGY Blinklane Consulting NV
  2. 2. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Who am I ? 1. 20+ years of Industry experience 2. 6 years of experience in Agile Transformation 3. Trained close to 700 particpnats in SAFe 4. Work for Blinklane Consulting NV (http://www.blinklane.com/) 5. Clients worked – Hewlett Packard, Symantec, SKF, Healtyhways and Philips 6. Currently part of the Global Agile Transformation Program - Coach @ Philips 7. Part of a NGO www.nisvartha.org helping 700 rural talented students to see and realize their dreams by providing Education
  3. 3. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Inspiration and Learning This presentation has been greatly influenced by the work of Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik in the form of these three books and his multiple videos in youtube
  4. 4. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 What is Mythology? 1. Old Indian scriptures written thousands of years ago 2. Written in the form of stories 3. Communication of ideas through forms, stories and scriptures 4. Ideas that people respected are shared from generations to generations 5. How you interpret is left to individual– its reflective and not prescriptive
  5. 5. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Why Mythology? Peter Senge, who has done a seminal work is the Fifth Discipline. He talks about learning organisations and organisational development and in reference to India and China he said “My intuition is they (India and China) will move somewhat together but in very distinctive ways. But I think the thing that will be really common to both of them will be the fact that they won’t be able to do this without connecting to their heritage. They will have to develop a confidence that they can do this as Indians and they can do this as Chinese. They have learnt a lot from the West but they don’t have to copy, they cannot create a Chinese or Indian version of a Western model. “ “The Western model itself is basically bankrupt. It does not give enough attention to the human side of development.”
  6. 6. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 What is Lean Agile Leadership?
  7. 7. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Journey in Agile transformation 1. Matsya (Water) - Generate ideas, Creative and Chaos 2. Kurma (Tortoise) – Leadership Support 3. Varaha ( Wild Boar) – Confusion exists, culture germinates 4. Narasimha (Man/Animal) – Confusion exists, formation stage 5. Vamana avatar (small boy) - Measure and proceed 6. Parashuram (Angry young man)- Strict and Discipline 7. Rama (Leader and sacrifice) - Follow the rules 8. Krishna (King maker) – Bend the rules 9. Buddha (Nirvana) – Trusted organization 10.Kalki (Destroyer) - Kill the system and rebuild
  8. 8. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching - The Agile Organization 1. 33 Million gods in Hinduism 2. Different Devatas in the system • Ista Deveta – Personal • Gruha Devata – Department • Grama devata – Regional • Kula devata – Organization • Vana devata – Larger Geography 3. One Bhagwan and multiple Devetas 4. Alignment is achieved when Devatas are kept Happy 5. Yagman does the Yagna, All other Devatas get “Involved and Engaged” 6. No Tatasthu without Swaha – Leaders need to give in order to get.
  9. 9. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching - Metrics, Measurement and Growth 1. Yama – God of death - Measurement 2. Subjective vs Objective 3. Always want to see and measure everything in an objective way 4. Measurement without unclear reference 5. Measurement is done with investing on system and not on people 6. Productivity measure – Outcome vs output (Cycle time vs Velocity) 7. Kama vs Yama – Need to strike balance
  10. 10. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – Narayan vs Narayani ; Durga vs Shakthi 1. Individuals and Interaction over Process and Tools 2. Grow the Nirguna – Invisible -Narayan • Risk taking ability • Intangible and not measureable • Use data to validate the gut feel 3. Focus on Saguna – Visble - Narayani • Tangible • Measureable • Metrics and Data 4. Hire and build organizations with People who posses and grow “Shakthi” and not people who have “Durga” (certifications, degrees and bank balance)
  11. 11. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – “Kartha vs Karya Kartha” People can grow only when they are 1. Empowered to think of solutions 2. Given autonomy to decide the right things for the customer 3. Given the Power to think out of the box 4. Given the platform to think and come prepared 5. People need to “learn” to create learning organizations; but people learning alone is not enough 6. Ability to try take risks; Fail fast
  12. 12. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – Role of Seduction 1. Agile Transformation is Seduction 2. Leaders gets attracted to multiple seductions in organizations 3. Leaders – posses desire or burn desire (Kama vs Yama) 4. Leaders need to be physically come to market place and lead the transformation 5. Leaders may not need transformation but organizations need leaders for growth, change and innovation
  13. 13. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – Learning techniques 1. Hansei attitude – SEEING vs DOING 2. Reflection must be from the past 3. Learning from multiple hypothesis 4. Teaching by realization 7. Mental Models and Perception 8. Learning by decentralization 9. Tough/Hard decisions to impart learning
  14. 14. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – The Secret of Learning Leaders 1. Dying man also demands respect to share – Everyone 2. “Humility of a learner and not arrogance of learned” 3. Become hungry to learn from teams 4. Become students worth of knowledge 5. Witness the tricks of mind - Mindset 6. Teaching by realization 7. Leaders and Organizations • Teachers vs students • Students vs teachers • Getting knowledge vs securing wealth • Material Wealth vs Intellectual wealth
  15. 15. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – Crisis Management 1. Chaos, confusion leads to Crisis 2. Chaos  survival teaches us to innovate 3. Expansion the gaze and vision results in expansion of business 4. Accept defeat and make progress 5. Experiment, Retrospect and Learn 6. Is the war worth it? Successful or Victorious ?
  16. 16. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com AGILE GURUGRAM 2017 Leadership Coaching – Observation and Darshan 1. Darshan – Power of Visibility 2. Keep your eyes open 3. Apply Lean and GEMBA principles into practice 4. Look for hidden emotions, beliefs, values and principles 5. Observation and Action Rule Breaker Rule Follower Rule Follower Rule Breaker
  17. 17. @ Agile Network India , All Rights Reserved. www.agilenetworkindia.com Q&A

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