Seek agility; maybe even without "Agile"
I don't know crap about "Agile," but I've learned a few things about agility.
My journey started when an ER doctor friend went through police SWAT school to get on a team as tactical medic. He excelled when compared to veteran police officers! He should have failed miserably.
I theorized it had to do with generalized sense-making, adaptability, & decision-making. In my study since, there are other concepts I've accepted:
SYSTEMS THINKING - from closed mechanistic systems to open loop complex systems.
MISSION COMMAND - spanning from tight management to open empowerment.
PROCESS - from rigid procedures to open feedback-rich cycles.
ANTICIPATION - weighing predictions & considering possibilities.
DECISIVENESS - from slow stabilizing probes to fully committed permanent choices.
TEAMS - groups are plug-&-play; teams have chemistry.
GENERALISM - navigate the spaces between.
TRADEOFFS - appreciate what you may be giving up.
TRIAGE - not all opportunities or risks are equal.
NON-LINEARITY - if you get this, the linear stuff is easy.
STRATEGY - it's what links Why & How.
EMOTION - if it has people, it has feelings.
There are more, but these are the big ones.
Lou Hayes, Jr. is a criminal investigations & intelligence unit supervisor in a suburban Chicago police department. With a passion for training, he studies human performance & decision-making, creativity, emotional intelligence, and adaptability. Follow Lou on LinkedIn, & also the LinkedIn page for The Illinois Model.
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