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Effective conversations are elusive. We think we are communicating effectively only to find out that we didn’t. Instead, we end up in the same conversation over and over again; or people nod politely and then go tell their colleague what they really think after the meeting; or there are so many ideas on the table that we lose focus and none of them get adequately completed. No individual, group or organization is immune to these patterns.
It’s not if conversations will become ineffective or lead to breakdowns, it’s when, how often and how leaders are able to respond in the moment when it happens that makes the difference.
Leadership is a conversation. And leaders who can create the conditions - facilitate - effective conversations will hold the key to higher performance, greater alignment, and more agility.
In their Harvard Business Review article, ‘Embracing Agile’, authors Rigby, Sutherland and Takeuchi wrote “Agile has revolutionized the software industry…Now it is poised to transform nearly every other function in the industry. At this point, the greatest impediment is not the need for better methodologies, empirical evidence or significant benefits, or proof that agile can work outside IT. It is the behavior of executives.”
In this session, we’ll explore what it means to lead through conversation:
- Understand the importance of reading the room and why it’s everyone’s job
- Learn a language for reading the room and how to model it for others
- Gain strategies for how to start facilitating conversations more effectively today
Marsha Acker, CEO, TeamCatapult
Marsha Acker is an executive leadership and team coach whose passion and expertise is helping leaders and their teams identify and break through stuck patterns that get in the way of high performance. She is the author of The Art and Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams.
Marsha founded TeamCatapult, a coaching and change leadership firm, in 2005. She has over 20 years of experience facilitating and coaching organizational change initiatives. She believes that facilitation and coaching skills are 21st century leadership skills required for leaders as they learn to lead agility across the organization and develop their teams.
Marsha is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Professional Certified Coach (ICF-PCC), Organizational and Relationship Systems Coach (Center for Right Relationship), Dialogix - Certified Structural Dynamics Interventionist, ICAgile Certified Expert Agile Team Coaching and ICAgile Expert in Enterprise Coaching.
Join fellow practitioners in discussing approaches to enable organizations (both large and small) to adapt to a faster changing world than ever before. Conversational topics may include organizational design, work decomposition, product and project management practices and more.
This will not be a presentation, but a facilitated group conversation. Mural will be used as virtual whiteboard. The session will NOT be recorded.
While booked for 2 hours, we will end when the conversation naturally comes to a close.