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Monday, March 18 • 13:40 - 15:25
Exploring Models for Developing Organizational Autonomy

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A team shows agile leadership to the extent that it autonomously develops its own – agile –capabilities. Likewise, a business shows agile leadership to the extent that it autonomously develops and improves its own – agile – capabilities, including the capabilities to self-organize and self-govern (i.e. autonomy at the individual, team and organizational level). Take away autonomy, and people will become disengaged or even actively resistant. Take away autonomy, and the team becomes nothing more than a cog in the wheel of a machine called ‘the organization’. Herein also lies the challenge. Autonomy cannot be imposed (lest risking putting people and teams in a stress-full double bind), it needs to be developed.

In this workshop the participants will develop their own thinking models for developing organizational autonomy. We will zoom in on organizational autonomy and how methods that act as blueprints fall short for developing autonomy. Next, we discuss the question what would have happened for an organization to have developed high levels of organizational autonomy and tap into the good and bad experiences of the participants. The workshop format itself is a demonstration of how not to impose one’s own models and thinking but allowing participants to develop their own models of thinking.

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Patrick Steyaert

AKT, KCP, Okaloa
Patrick Steyaert is founder of Okaloa. As a creator of Okaloa Flowlab, he teaches and coaches agile thinking (before methods) by making use of business simulations. With his work on upstream, customer and discovery kanban he helps organizations to look at the end-to-end flow (from... Read More →

Monday March 18, 2019 13:40 - 15:25 GMT
X (Mystery) Room