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- Publisher: Freestanding Press (December 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H7566P2
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Inviting Leadership: Invitation-Based Change™ in the New World of Work Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. Daniel is a frequent keynote speaker on self-management and business agility at industry conferences worldwide. Daniels list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, Adobe, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises.
Daniel’s first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012. THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon THE CULTURE GAME patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method.
Daniel's enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books and offers enterprise business agility coaching and training programs for executives and teams.
As an enterprise Agile coach and Open Space Technology facilitator, Mark Sheffield delivers executive leadership consulting and training programs worldwide. He is recognized as a pioneer in the field of Invitation-Based Change and an expert in the field of business agility transformation. Mark is a co-author of the groundbreaking OpenSpace Agility Handbook, which published in 2015.
Mark holds Scrum Master and Product Owner certifications from Scrum Alliance Inc, and SAFe Programming Consultant (SPC4) from Scaled Agile Inc. In addition he is a Certified OpenSpace Agility Trainer and a Certified Enterprise Scrum Trainer. He has over 20 years of IT experience.
Mark is based in High Point, North Carolina.
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There has been much said in the agile transformation space about the need to not be process-driven, to adopt an agile mindset, to embrace agile culture. None of these are actionable, though.
What this book does is isolate perhaps the most fundamental shift needed for a successful transformation - a shift in decision authority from the center to the teams, or ‘boundary’ as described by the authors. They connect this behavioral shift to the ability of the organization to sense and respond and increase the rate of value flow, driven by true employee engagement arising from their ability to make better, faster decisions.
The lack of awareness of and focus on this transfer of authority makes talk of self-organization hollow and dooms many transformations to underperform the opportunity of agility.
Once we recognize this truth, we’re ready to absorb the book’s main message, which is that building real empowerment requires commitment and care. Delegation isn’t enough, it takes a carefully formulated invitation from leaders to the organization to take ownership of their team space and the transformation broadly. To draw the right balance between control and chaos also requires thoughtful and rigorous design.
This is one of those books that makes the lightbulbs pop. It balances between the theory of authority and practical guidance for how to pursue the ideas. If your organization is willing to release the failing paradigm of control in favor of generating engaged alignment to drive outperformance on your objectives, this is a must read. Even if not, you may come away convinced!
(My opinions, not those of my employer)
- What "Invitation-Based Change" is and why it works.
- The importance (It is Essential) of employee engagement in an Agile transformation.
- The use of "Open Space" for discussion and agreement.
- The need for formal and informal leadership in a transformation.
- The power of agreements for terms, rules and roles.
- The role of decision makers and their impact on the success of the transformation.
By far the largest take away from the book is that in many Agile transformations employees are "TOLD" that they they need to work in an Agile environment but are not "INVITED" to be part of the "DEVELOPMENT" of the environment in which they will work. Forcing change is not best path to success.
This idea, quoted in the book sums it up best:
"Transformations can’t be accomplished without others helping voluntarily, & people won’t help unless you engage them first.”
- Geoffrey Moore, author, ZONE TO WIN.
It's always gratifying to find a book that you have liked to have written yourself. This is a tidy encapsulation of principles to understand, treating the reader as an intelligent participant (inviting the reader to attend). Great work!
One recommendation I have for the authors would be to provide additional case studies and real-world scenarios, showing how real people and businesses have leveraged these ideas to initiate change. This stuff isn't just academic, it can really work!