How is remote leaders different from in-person leaders?

Did you notice that a lot of transformation is being pushed? It doesn’t matter whether it is an agile transformation, a digital transformation, or whatever transformation. When you push something, instead of people wanting it themselves, it creates an environment…

Give thanks and appreciation with a grateful heart

Leadership Memo 2020-5 Happy Thanksgiving from the US! I am thankful for the opportunities that this unprecedented time gives me. I’ve met many people around the world during the last 8 months and made a lot of new friends. I’ve…

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…

How to improve on emotional intelligence

“Talented leaders emerge where heart and head, emotions and thoughts meet.” - Daniel Goleman. Last time, we talked about why leaders need to have emotional intelligence, and what emotional intelligence is. We discussed that it starts with self-awareness which leads…

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…

How do I know they are working hard? (Part 2)

Leadership Memo 2020-4 Last time, we were addressing this question: “How do I know that my employees are working instead of slacking off, watching Netflix all day?” We talked about trust being the most important. Trust the people who work…

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.…