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Stretch Conference 2020

February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020


I’m doing a full-day workshop Assessing your Agility and talk about leading for self-organization at Stretch, the leadership and management conference in Budapest from February 12-14.

Leading for Self-organisation: Do’s and Don’ts of Agile Management

Agile is something for teams, right? True, but teams don’t function in a vacuum. As a manager, you can set the stage and support teams who want to increase their agility. This presentation explores three topics that managers can work on to make teams succeed and increase the company’s agility: Leadership, Collaboration, and Culture.

With agile, teams are supposed to make their own decisions on what to do and how to do. Managers should be delegating decisions to the team and trusting them to do the right thing. But letting go of control can be a scary thing.

In this talk, I will explore leadership approaches suitable for teams and managers that want to become agile. I’ll show how teams can use the approaches to become empowered, and how managers use them to guide teams towards producing valuable results.

One of the biggest challenges that managers face when adopting agile is increasing collaboration, both within the team and between teams. I’ll start by exploring why people would like to work in teams, what’s in it for them. Understanding this can help you as a manager to support people to do a better job together.

Impediments to collaboration should be solved by the team as much as possible; they should be capable to deal with blockers and get them out of the way. In this talk I’ll show how managers can help teams by listening to them, giving them what they need, and addressing organization-wide impediments by tearing down walls in organizations.

To make agile work, people should feel psychologically safe to make decisions and try out things. It can be challenging to establish a culture that enables agile.

Let’s explore what managers can do to create and nurture a culture that fosters experimentation, and what they can do to enabling learning from failures and from things that go well.

To sum it up, I’ll provide a list of things that managers should consider doing if they want their teams to be successful, and things that may be harmful to teams that they could stop doing.

Stretch Conference

An international platform and community for leaders and managers to share stories, hands-on solutions and explore new trends and ideas to lead, fail, learn and stretch: Stretch is a non-profit conference that brings 500 attendees from all around the world who want to build effective organizations since 2013.

Topics: Dive deep into agile leadership, coaching, mental health, continuous learning, remote management, high-performing teams, organizational culture, diversity and inclusion.


February 13, 2020
February 14, 2020
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Uránia Film Theather
Rákóczi út 21
Budapest, Hungary
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