Herminia Ibarra, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
Our experience of working with hundreds of teams has allowed us to develop a more effective approach to creating high performing teams.
By coaching teams to adopt Agile behaviours and providing enablers to help them to adopt new Agile ways of working, their Agile mindset adapts accordingly and begins to flourish naturally.
You cannot think your way into a new way of acting. You have to act your way into a new way of thinking.
We coach you to act like an Agile Leader today.
It is a common practice for Agile Coaches to focus on changing the way you think, coaching a new mindset, in the belief that this drives new behaviours, Agile behaviours. As popular as this approach is, it often fails to achieve sustainable results.
However, from our experience, we have seen immediate, more effective, and sustainable results by coaching leaders to act like an Agile Leader, to engage in new Agile Leadership behaviours now, today. The Agile Leadership mindset, thinking like an Agile Leader then follows.
Aristotle (384 BC to 322 BC) asserts (Nicomachean Ethics) that to become virtuous, one must act virtuously. So, it has been recognised for some considerable time that we learn to think by doing. Yet, for centuries we have taught people how to think in order that they might start doing what they have been taught. An unnecessarily wasteful process.
Agilistix Enterprise Coaches adopt a systemic approach to embedded coaching.
We create a system (a way of working) within which, your teams can learn to perform!
We coach Agile behaviours, the Agile mindset takes care of itself!
It is often thought that coaching teams to develop an Agile mindset eventually enables them to bring about a change in Agile behaviours. For this reason, in general, Agile Coaches focus on mindset being a prerequisite for a change in behaviour.
However, from our experience of working with hundreds of teams, we have discovered that the inverse is true.
By coaching teams to adopt Agile behaviours and providing enablers to help them to adopt new Agile ways of working, the Agile mindset adapts accordingly and begins to flourish naturally.
We feel that there is some truth in these words, often attributed to Aristotle, “These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions”. The focus is on doing, rather than thinking.
Our proven approach to coaching leadership at enterprise level and at team level allows organisations to focus on value Delivery With Agility.