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Mike and PJ Fleck

The Ball is the Program

Happy New Year!  We hope that your holiday season was spent with family and friends and that you were able to reflect on everything you accomplished in 2021 while planning for an outstanding 2022. As many of you know, I am a football fan and, as such, I spent part of the break watching the...
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Happy Holidays

As we approach the end of 2021, like many, we are reflecting on the journey that has brought us to the fifth anniversary of the founding of agilityIRL.  This year brought significant change, even as we continued remote coaching and training.     The Big Change In summer of 2021, we celebrated the retirement of...
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Tolstoy, an Anesthesiologist and an Agile Coach walk into an Organization

In Leo Tolstoy’s book, Anna Karenina, he offers this famous quote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This quote has been applied to many contexts from the obvious familial setting to larger organizations of various shapes, sizes and forms. It’s true that each of these organizations is...
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Intellectual Laziness, Data, Baseball and Agile Leadership

Based on over 4-decades of observational research, I can confidently assert that intellectual laziness is an all-too-common leadership fail. It is a myth that managers manage by the numbers.  So many leaders that I’ve observed in action simply were not skilled thinkers, having little understanding of data, statistical methods, empirical analysis, and probabilistic decision-making.  In...
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Don’t Go Back to Normal

I’m writing this in May 2021.  It varies, but the global COVID-19 pandemic caused much of the world to push pause on “normal” life and go into and stay in emergency mode since March 2020, or earlier.  Thankfully, amazingly safe and effective vaccines now allow us to realistically envision a return to “normal.”  That said,...
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The Best Leadership Advice Ever

I know that they have their haters, but my family and I are unabashed Disney fans, and particular fans of their theme parks.  My fascination with Disney is on both personal and professional levels. In fact, I recently returned from a Disney World vacation.  This is a photo of me sitting next to statues of...
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Servant Leadership in Action – Straight from Hell

One of the concepts that core to achieving agility is “Servant Leadership”.  There are many places that one can read about the concept, its precepts and how it can best be effectively practiced in the modern organization. The purpose of this brief blog post is to simply highlight a recent example of “Servant Leadership” within...
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Organizational Agility: Performance Management

In an earlier post, I talked about Job Descriptions and Roles.  In another, I talked about Vertical Hierarchy and Titles.  It’s time to talk about Performance Management. One of the most hated systems in many organizations is the performance review system. Every few years the griping will rise to a level where the Talent Management...
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Understanding the Four Levels of Initiative

Initiative is “the energy or aptitude displayed in an initiation of action, or an introductory step,” says Merriam-Webster. In short, you need it to act—to move forward.   The Four Levels of Initiative As a leader, it’s important to understand the four levels of initiative that your team exhibits. Knowing where they fall now can...
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Understanding the Four Levels of Initiative

Initiative is “the energy or aptitude displayed in an initiation of action, or an introductory step,” says Merriam-Webster. In short, you need it to act—to move forward. The Four Levels of Initiative As a leader, it’s important to understand the four levels of initiative that your team exhibits. Knowing where they fall now can help...
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