EPISODE 1: THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LEADING CHANGE IN AN ORGANIZATION
Diana Larsen and Sharon Buckmaster embark on a discussion of defining what it means to be a change agent at different levels of the organization.
Running time: 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
How do you define change agent leadership? Is it the same at all levels? If not, what makes it different? Share your comments and questions.
Intro: Diana speaks about her recent experience at Agile2012 conference in Grapevine, TX
:40 The various kinds of leadership are being conflated.
:50 If everyone is a change agent, how do they get clarity about leadership at different levels
1:25 The ACT (Agile Change and Transformation) model presented by Diana, Jim Shore, and Jutta Eckstein at the conference. For more: http://is.gd/ACTmodel
1:50 When asked, 80% of attendees considered themselves change agents; but half weren’t doing the kind of change relevant to the presentation.
2:25 We were talking about high-level change – at the management level, rather than the team level.
3:20 How do you translate leadership at many levels – how do they all fit together?
3:40 There is an overarching change strategy; pieces have to be sequenced, roles need to shift.
4:05 There is leadership at every level; don’t confuse leadership with “a leader”.
4:40 Leadership looks different from industry to industry, whether a man does it vs. a woman.
5:00 What did Diana mean when she and her co-presenters asked the attendees how many of them were “change agents”?
5:35 They were trying to identify the people who need a theoretical framework for thinking through managing complex change.
7:15 An alternative way of posing the question: “Who are the people in your organization who are responsible for guiding the overall change effort towards Agile adoption?”
8:15 What is the usefulness of the word “theoretical” when it comes to talking about models?
9:30 What’s most difficult about a change is knowing where to start in order to move forward…
Image CC Pedro Ribeiro Simões.