Agile: No Place for Leaders?

In 2005, I was introduced to Scrum by Mike Marchi a former colleague and current Agile guru. He convinced enough of us dirtied in the bowels of death march, waterfall software development that there was a cool new way to create software. His passion for Scrum resulted in a groundswell of grassroots interest. Prior to obtaining the support of those in the trenches, he convinced Management to bring in Jeff Sutherland to conduct a Scrum training, a gamble that paid dividends. During the course, we all became Certified Scrum Masters. The trajectory of my professional life changed during that two-day training.
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The Questioning Leader

Lead people with statements and they will follow. Lead people with questions and they too will lead. ~Dr. Brett Hulett

Asking > Telling

I do not like being told what to do. Telling me what to do immediately raises my hackles and puts me in defensive mode. Had I enlisted in the military instead of going to university, I probably would have spent a good portion of my time either on KP duty or in the brig.
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The Power Of Story

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. ~Robert McKee

My dad had a very dear friend, a man named Bob who loved all things outdoors, especially fishing for the monster Northern Pike lurking in waters north of the US border. Bob was a great fisherman with an uncanny ability to almost always land the biggest fish even when his declining health meant he mostly sat in the boat telling stories. Bob was also a master storyteller able to recount decades-old adventures in exquisite detail making them come alive for the lucky listener.
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Growth By Purposeful Disruption

Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don’t have to settle for what you are–you get to create who you want to become. ~Howard Walstein

Work satisfaction fluctuates. We have peaks where we feel in the zone with every shot hitting the back of the net when we can’t wait to jump out of bed and dive into the excitement of the office. We also have valleys where work feels mundane or, worse, everything we try fails, and we would rather be inoculated with a long, fat needle than step into our place of employment.
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Maximus & Commodus, a Tale of Contrasting Leadership Styles

The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature. ~Robert Greenleaf

The Gladiator
The Gladiator

I watched the movie Gladiator, an epic film set in ancient Rome, chronicling the conflicting lives of Maximus Decimus Meridius, the top general of the Roman army and Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus, the son of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus and the heir apparent to Rome. I have watched this movie numerous times but, this time, watched it with a set of eyes predisposed to capturing the varying aspects of leadership displayed by the main antagonists. I find this movie extremely interesting as it has allegories to the life of Christ, the greatest leader to ever walk the earth.
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