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.…

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…

How do I know they are working hard? (Part 1)

Leadership Memo 2020-3 “The art of leadership consists in bringing and keeping people in the highest performance levels, and this happens when people are in the best state of personal well-being.” - Daniel Goleman I think we can all agree…

Do we need HR professionals in an agile world?

You may have noticed that in the past couple months, I have been writing about how to bring performance management and reward & recognition more aligned with agile values and principles. You may also notice that in many of my…

Culture and its effect on reward & recognition

In an earlier post, we explored why we need an adaptable reward and recognition system. I also pointed out that it’s not only about the generations. Today, we’ll consider one of the cultural contexts. In Asian culture, parents expect their…