Agile Thinking for Managers
It’s Time to Hack Your Mind
Half-day and full-day workshops engage managers and senior leaders in an exploration of how their thinking models constrain creativity. Attendees apply scenario-based futures to real work so they can see in a very visceral way why what they think is certain erupts into volatility under different social, economic, political and technological circumstances.
All Agile Thinking workshops require pre-event interviews and targeted projects that can be used as meaningful examples to attendees during the workshop.
What to Expect During the Workshop
Challenge Assumptions .
Directly apply scenario-based futures to one or more challenges currently being faced by the organization. Come away with dozens of new ideas that will transform products and process driven by new perspectives on markets and customers.
Putting a Name on Uncertainty
Explore the social, economic, political and technological uncertainties that your organization, your industry and you face. Put a name on the uncertainties so you can better understand how to monitor them, discover the extreme and ways the uncertainties may play out, plus learn to look for additional uncertainties on your own.
Scenario planning is the premier tool for agile thinkers. Creativity isn’t enough. It is important to build or adopt multiple plausible futures that can be used to challenge assumptions and encourage new opportunities to emerge.
Hacking Your Mind
Most of us don’t keep multiple plausible futures in our minds. We speculate. We read fiction about the future. We may watch science fiction movies and television, but we rarely own those futures. We experience them for a moment, and then move back to the comfort and control of the familiar. We return to what we know, we see all things through perspectives that feel familiar, we limit our variety to things we have already mastered. We retreat to our competencies rather than challenge ourselves to learn new things. In this workshop we ask attendees to join a journey that will reshape how they plan and navigate the future, which will also change how they see and experience the present.
Planning vs. Navigating
Perhaps the biggest myth in business isn’t that you can plan for the future, but that your plans are meaningful in the face of change. This workshop teaches attendees to find balance between planning and navigating. Ultimately, they learn how to plan at the pace of change.
Once you understand the uncertainties facing your job, your company and your industry, you can then monitor how they unfold overtime in a systematic and purposeful way.
Your Personal Plan for Agile Thinking
Every attendee will leave the workshop with his or her own personal plan for agile thinking, along with a set of scenarios they can use to continue to challenge their assumptions every day.
Ready to teach your leadership team to think with agility?
Contact Serious Insights today to schedule an Agile Thinking For Managers experience for your organization!