Tag Archives: Organization

Agile CEOs Cannot Ignore Toxic Managers

By Brian Lucas Dedicated to someone lost long ago, taken by the angels all too soon, because she was one of them! “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an … Continue reading

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An Agilist’s Manifesto of Friendship!

By Brian Lucas This one is for Jack! Agile runs on confidence, confidence is built on trust, trust is built on friendship.  Agile enterprises built on any other foundation are houses of cards ready to collapse at the slightest pressure. … Continue reading

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Brainstorming your way to being agile

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to Shakia, who would have inspired Byron beyond her physical beauty with the sublime nature of her self-sacrifice. “The enterprise that does not innovate inevitably ages and declines.  And in a period of … Continue reading

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Excerpts from: BUILDING A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT: THE IMPORTANCE OF SENIOR LEADERSHIP

By Brian Lucas This is the fifth in a series of excerpts from white papers I am posting due to the gracious generosity of Katie Iorio-Martin in response to the enthusiastic requests for more information by many of her interview readers. … Continue reading

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Excerpts from: ENHANCING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR

By Brian Lucas This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from white papers I am posting due to the gracious generosity of Katie Iorio-Martin in response to the enthusiastic requests for more information by many of her interview readers. … Continue reading

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Excerpts from: EMOTIONAL DRIVERS OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

By Brian Lucas This is the third in a series of excerpts from white papers I am posting due to the gracious generosity of Katie Iorio-Martin in response to the enthusiastic requests for more information by many of her interview readers. … Continue reading

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Excerpts from: THE DYNAMICS OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

By Brian Lucas This is the second in a series of excerpts from white papers I am posting due to the gracious generosity of Katie Iorio-Martin in response to the enthusiastic requests for more information by many of her interview readers. … Continue reading

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True Agile Managers make one feel good

By Brian Lucas This one is for JPD! “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  – Maya Angelou Those of us in business … Continue reading

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Sailing in an Agile Ship with Vision and Knowledge to Guide You

By Brian Lucas Dedicated to Joseph P. Wisdo (1951-2013) Colleague, Friend and Humanitarian “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them … Continue reading

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A Natural Agilist Returns to His Roots

By Brian Lucas George Santos is the epitome of the rising tide of executives leaving the large corporate world.  They are striking out on their own to become the foundation of a new emergent business economy.  They represent a new … Continue reading

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13 Keeping Agile Predictions for 2013

By Brian Lucas “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra Don’t look for sources[1] here!  My predictions, after all, are my predictions.  Follow them and either praise or vilify me at the year’s … Continue reading

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The Era of Agile Management Has Finally Arrived

By Brian Lucas “Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -John D. Rockefeller[1] “Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible Really was Agile

By Brian Lucas This one is for you Fran! “Good morning Mr. Briggs/Phelps[1], the situation in…Your mission should you decide to accept it is to…” This is a second perspective on Mission Impossible (MI), one of my all-time favorite TV … Continue reading

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The Night of the Deadly Micromanager

By Brian Lucas “Artie, I think we managed to get ourselves in a little trouble!” –James West speaking tongue-in-cheek to Artemus Gordon when confronted by arch-villain Miguelito Loveless, a brilliant, but megalomaniacal little person. In our rushed working environment today, … Continue reading

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Is Agile Really Mission Impossible?

By Brian Lucas “Your mission should you decide to accept it…” voice of Robert Cleveland “Bob” Johnson. Acted to the theme music of Lalo Schifrin, is Agile really mission impossible?  You are in a tense situation.  Profits are down or non-existent. … Continue reading

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What Every CIO Should Know about Agile Architectures

By Brian Lucas Agile concepts, techniques and technologies are much in demand today.  Many organizations have astounding success with agile, while others experience failure, sometimes horrifically.  Usually agile fails in these cases from improper application of the concepts or lack … Continue reading

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My Agile Bookshelf

By Brian Lucas To all my loyal readers and hopefully many more new ones; you have asked many times for agile book recommendations.  Well here they are!  I usually purchase ecopies of books like this since they are easier to … Continue reading

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Life in the C – Lane will surely make you lose your mind

By Brian Lucas “Life in the fast lane, surely make you lose your mind.  Life in the fast lane, everything all the time.” – the Eagles Just like the title of the Eagles classic tune, “Life in the fast lane”, life … Continue reading

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The Imperative of having an Agile Organization Structure

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to Bill Gore and all those who came after him like Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner. “Change before you have to”. –Jack Welch The stress that all organizations are under today is unprecedented.  … Continue reading

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HCM, HIM and Agile are Perfect Together

By Brian Lucas In the recent past, I was asked to address the subject of human capital management, the emergence of human interaction management and their effect on agile.  The fact is that the people element in the system is … Continue reading

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Why CEOs Fail in Today’s Agile Business Environment

By Brian Lucas “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin CEOs have always come in all flavors … Continue reading

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Employee Suggestions

By Brian Lucas “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” -John Steinbeck A glimpse of life in an agile business versus a non-agile enterprise. At the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Companies – A glimpse of life in an agile business versus a non-agile enterprise.

By Brian Lucas “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin If you look at the history of people and progress, you’ll see three types of people: those who are … Continue reading

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So what is Agile?

By Brian Lucas I am dedicating my first post to Michael Milutis, who encouraged me to begin blogging and sharing the small store of wisdom I have gathered over the years.  Here’s to you Mike! “By three methods we may … Continue reading

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