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Wednesday, August 7 • 10:45 - 12:00
Crucial Leadership Conversations – A Chance to Practice What You Preach (Bob Galen) POPULAR

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A recent HBR article referenced a survey where leaders were found to be uncomfortable with employee conversations. To the tune of ~ 70%. These were simple conversations and not crucial or pivotal conversations. These were even harder for leaders to engage in. A second HBR article/survey on self-awareness showed that while over 85% of leaders felt they were self-aware, only 15% actually were.
Net-net, as leaders, we generally suck at communications and we don’t even know it. But never fear.
In this session, we’ll do two things. First, we’ll share some useful tools and frameworks for your leadership conversational use. But more importantly, we’ll break up on a Dojo format and give you a chance to practice your conversations across a wide-variety of agile transformation scenarios. You can pick one of mine or come up with your own, but everyone will get the chance to refine their situational conversational skills.
Which are the very ones a successful agile adoption needs from you as you envision, engage, and guide your teams through the change.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Setting the stage with some HBR research and findings on leadership communication and self-awareness.
  • A set of communications tools to help frame and execute more effective crucial conversations.
  • Practice and practice of several conversations in a Dojo-style group, so that you take away some practical ideas and experience.
  • Each Dojo session will end with a retrospective/critique, helping to increase your self-awareness.


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Bob Galen

Principal Agile Coach, Agile Moose
Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards agile methods of working. Bob has been doing that since the late 1990s, so he’s deeply experienced... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L