Daily of the Month is a podcast that explores what the necessary ingredients for good collaboration are. In preparation for this Episode it became clear to us that we have spent most of our time focusing our energy on just that, the ingredients for good collaboration. This conversation with Mike Burrows, led us to zoom our focus out and take the metaview of what are the characteristics seen in the ideal forms of collaboration, as well as the obstacles to be avoided.
Mike Burrows is the founder of the Agendashift engagement model and movement and has taken a bit of a squiggly career path to get to where he is today. The diversity in his career experience working as a programmer, international executive director for a large bank, CTO for an succesful exited startup, trainer/consultant, author and speaker enrich his understanding of what it means to be a Human@Work striving with others to create value and meaning in this world.
Mike challenges us to:
Many organizations approach working together through the lenses of frameworks and necessary solutions to reach pre-defined states. This type of approach often leads to method wars and dogmatic kind of behaviors. It is argued in this episode that at the heart of good collaboration is people engaging each other regardless of framework, with harmony and friction to make agreements and to co-create desired outcomes. Participation becomes the driver of generative, innovative outcomes.
What we found very inspiring about the work of Mike, which was especially clear in his book Agendashift was the focus on an ecology of practices(workshops, conversation forms and embodied metaphors) that give readers guidance for cultivating a nutrient rich soil in their teams/organizations that supports the growth and learning of the group.
The large number of stories shared throughout the episode ground the abstract nature of theory in the tangible of lived examples.
We invite you to have a listen and dive the down the rabbit hole with us in this month’s episode of DOTM.
Joshua, Andreas, Chris, Markus, Franziska
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Agendashift founder and Agendashift Academy co-founder Mike Burrows is the author of Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2nd edition March 2021), Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (2019, audiobook 2020), and the Lean-Agile classic Kanban from the Inside (2104). Mike is recognised for his pioneering work in Lean, Agile, and Kanban and for his advocacy for participatory and outcome-oriented approaches to change, transformation, and strategy. Prior to his consulting career, he was global development manager and Executive Director at a top tier investment bank, CTO for an energy risk management startup, and interim delivery manager for two of the UK government’s digital ‘exemplar’ projects.
As an Agendashift partner, Mike is in the business of building wholehearted organisations.
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“Agendashift 2nd edition” (Autor: Mike Burrows)
“Right to Left: The digitals leader’s guide to Lean and Agile” (2019, audiobook 2020) (Autor: Mike Burrows)
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