Today, I want to let you in on my thinking when it comes to powerful thought leaders in the world of Agile and why. 🤔
I’m actually going to step away from the beaten path of Agile for a change and delve into the minds of two extraordinary thought leaders who, while not necessarily Agile practitioners themselves, in my view, have left a profound impact on our Agile world.
Spotlight on Unconventional Thought Influencers in Agile
The world of Agile is home to many incredible thinkers and practitioners. Still, if you ask me to spotlight just one, I’d be inclined to talk about a few figures who aren’t traditionally associated with Agile. 🌐
Before I do, however, I want to mention that I find the phrase ‘thought leader‘ a tad problematic. 🤷♂️
This phrase suggests a hierarchy of ideas where one person thinks and others follow. In a vibrant, dynamic field like Agile, everyone should be encouraged to think, question and innovate.
Lessons From Unlikely Sources
Two authors who stand out for me are David Marquet and Stephen Bungay. David Marquet’s book ‘Turn The Ship Around’ details his transformative leadership experience as a Captain in the American Navy, navigating the USS Santa Fe. 🌟
His approach focused on enabling agency in those around him and fostering an environment where everyone is actively engaged and thinking. His work offers profound lessons for Agile practitioners, particularly those navigating complex organisational landscapes.
Stephen Bungay’s ‘The Art of Action’ is another treasure trove of insights. Bungay explores the evolution of command and leadership in the military and how it translates into today’s work world. His book provides simple, powerful solutions to complex organisational questions like ‘How do we get hundreds, if not thousands, of intelligent people, pulling in the same direction?’
Here are a few key takeaways from thinking about influential thought leaders in the Agile world:
- Leaders in organisations at all levels can adopt an approach that enables agency and creativity.
- We must create environments where passions can flourish and initiative is encouraged.
- The old-fashioned way of telling people what to do is counterproductive. A new approach is required, one that is about guiding, facilitating, and supporting.
Why Should You Stay Open to Insights?
As Agile practitioners, staying open to insights from all fields and sources is essential. These authors offer invaluable perspectives, whether we’re trying to improve our leadership style, facilitate a smoother Agile transformation, or simply gain a deeper understanding of Agile principles. 👥
Are you interested in learning more about Agile and Scrum?
I invite you to join one of my courses, where we delve into these topics and many more.
You’ll come away with a broader perspective, practical tools, and strategies to navigate your Agile journey.
Remember, the Agile world is full of thought leaders. 💡