How do you know you are a leader?

Leadership Memo 2021-1 Happy New Year! As we start the first week of the new year, new hope and excitement bubbles. However, we’re not that quick to forget the volatility, uncertainties, complexities and ambiguities (VUCA) that we all experienced in…

Uncertainties and messiness is something to be embraced

In my October posts, I listed out several examples of resistance to agile from executive management and middle management. We also explored why they acted that way. Today, let’s look at it from a different perspective.  What is agile? Agile…

There are more than fight or flight options, aren’t there?

Let’s consider a different scenario: the executive management team was excited about agile and actively encouraged the company to go agile. They had taken the company on an 18-month agile transformation journey. They focused on being agile and wanted to…

Would you think that “blasé, nonchalant” are the synonyms for resistance?

Continuing with the same topic that I started, let’s consider one last scenario: He was the head of product development, and he never outright said no to agile. He thought agile is a development thing, nothing to do with him.…

Pride and ego, a sure recipe to block improvement

Let's consider a scenario: This one company hired me as head of program management to roll out agile. When I tried to set up cross-functional teams for better delivery, my boss, the Chief Product Officer (CPO), told me that my…

Do you dare to overhaul performance management?

“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” - Albert Einstein In the past couple months, I’ve been writing and talking about performance management and reward & recognition. We even explore whether we…