One travels far

“Little by little, one travels far” – J.R.R. Tolkien

All beginnings have a beginning. Start from where you are. This may sound like very simplistic advice. But change does not happen all at once. It happens slowly at first and then all at once.

When one thing changes, it impacts its relationships with other organization systems. Trying to predict changes leads to controlling behavior because the future will turn out differently than anticipated. Instead, a better way is to trust that you have it in you. Trust that the people in your organization know what needs improvement. And then take one step at a time, slowly improving together. This is the way to improve continuously.

Because owning the change is the secret ingredient to a lasting transformation. You cannot rent it.

Agile leaders who are successful in the long run are the ones who:

  • Instead of telling others to follow agile behaviors/practices, create experiences that change organizational belief systems
  • Instead of measuring results, focus on the systems that generate the results
  • Instead of pushing agile, create an environment where people can pull for coaching/mentoring
  • Instead of chasing best practices, amplify the best that the organization can already do


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