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December 17, 2018 //

Resolutions From A True Agile Leader

What do the New Year’s Resolutions of a True Agile Leader look like?

Hey there, Rikki Schwartz here with some thoughts for the end of the year.

2019 is only a couple of weeks away! What do the New Year’s Resolutions of a True Agile Leader look like?

  1. Take the time in early 2019 to learn something new about every team member.
  2. Express praise and gratitude to your team for their accomplishments in 2018.
  3. Closely inspect your organization’s mission and core values – adapt as necessary.
  4. Ask your team what the three biggest lessons they learned in 2018 were, and how they plan to apply those lessons in 2019.
  5. Find out if toxic emotions got in the way of team productivity in 2018
  6. Explore whether your team has unmet needs that you can fill.
  7. Find out if excuses or finger-pointing got your team stuck in 2018.
  8. Look for the team members who understand personal accountability, and praise/reward them publicly with examples of their behavior.

Even just sharing these 8 “resolutions” with your team members will reinforce your dedication to them, and to the Agile way. It will also re-ignite the “human nature” side of you and your team.

Which of the 8 resolutions (by number) resonate with YOU? Why? Which ones do NOT work for you? Why not? Do you have any to add?? PLEASE SHARE!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!

3 Responses

  1. Kathy Doyle says:

    I love the growth mindset of #4. For #5 & 7, I’d be interested in how you recommend exploring those.

    • Kathy – I totally missed your question above. I’m so sorry! As for how to explore #4, #5 and #7…remind me the size of your team again? If it’s under 5, then “anonymous surveys” will be less than effective. So…I’d schedule a call first thing in January and see if you can simply ask the questions straight out (but switch the years of course, since I’m answering you a year late!). Most importantly when you do so…start with yourself…be vulnerable (a cornerstone of Agile Leadership). Take what we fondly call “failure bows” as necessary, and go from there. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  2. Kathy – I totally missed your question above. I’m so sorry! As for how to explore #4, #5 and #7…remind me the size of your team again? If it’s under 5, then “anonymous surveys” will be less than effective. So…I’d schedule a call first thing in January and see if you can simply ask the questions straight out (but switch the years of course, since I’m answering you a year late!). Most importantly when you do so…start with yourself…be vulnerable (a cornerstone of Agile Leadership). Take what we fondly call “failure bows” as necessary, and go from there. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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