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#147 Agile Leadership: The Gateway to Organizational Agility


Pete Behrens

Organizers’ note: maybe you should bring your manager along?

And now back to Pete:

The world of work is transforming at an unrelenting pace – product development is increasingly complex and uncertain, the speed of decisions and delivery are escalating at an exponential pace, customers are demanding more attention and responsiveness, and the workforce is entering with new expectations of engagement. Through all of this, 80% of managers continue to believe they are operating effectively with their employees, yet only 25% of employees agree. Something is wrong! Most leaders are unaware of how their own thoughts and actions are working against their leadership objectives. Ineffective leadership fuels the top impediments limiting organizational agility and growth – the fear of losing control, the resistance to change and contrasting values.

Pete illustrates how leadership agility improves self-awareness, amplifies decision-making, improves outcomes and grows organizational resilience and capacity in highly complex and fast paced environments. Through the art of story-telling from his two decades of personal experience, as well as the experiences of other senior leaders with whom he has coached, Pete spotlights six critical mistakes you may be unaware of in your own leadership practice, how they may be working against your intent, and and how to reorient your personal focus to improve your organization’s outcomes.

Pete Behrens is a Leadership Agility Coach and founder of Trail Ridge Consulting. He provides guidance to senior executives on how to transform themselves and their companies to work more effectively with more agility. Some of his clients include Google, McKinsey & Company, General Electric and Pete is a Certified Leadership Agility 360 Coach, Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Educator, Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) working deeply with individuals and organizations to develop their personal leadership agility and organizational agility. His focus today mostly centers on Developing Agile Leaders through public workshops and private coaching engagements. Pete is on the board of directors for the Scrum Alliance providing strategic consulting and guidance to transforming the world of work.

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