Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?
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Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?

About the Book

Dr. Dave Cornelius is an aspiring servant leader. Focused on helping people to achieve their awesomeness by pursuing happiness, optimizing flow, and accelerating innovation, enabled by mindfulness, lean thinking, and agile practices.

About the Author

Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave Cornelius is an experienced business and IT professional, and a globally recognized lean and agile catalyst who empowers others to achieve their very best. He specializes in coaching, training, and leading co-located and distributed teams to deliver quality innovations from concept to cash. 

Dave is the founder of 5 Saturdays, a program that empowers students to become leaders in business and STEM fields. In 2014, he received the SoTec Inspiration Award from the Southland Technology Conference, an honor that recognizes technology professionals for giving back to their community.

He currently presents webinars for business and technology professionals, hosts a podcast on GrokShare.com, teaches courses on KnolShare.org, and publishes the blog “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” on KnolShare.org. He is a well-known speaker and author in the agile and project management professional development communities.

Dave is a man of faith and is active in both his local and global neighborhoods. He has also held several leadership roles, where he helped IT groups develop partnerships with other groups within the organization.

Dave’s interest in leadership started on the island of St. Croix, where he played as a point guard on his high school basketball team, and culminated with earning his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. His first manuscript and doctoral dissertation, “The Value of Scrum to Organizations: A Case Study,” highlights the importance and value of leadership through the practices of lean thinking and agility.

Table of Contents

Dedications............................................................... vi

My Gratitude........................................................... vii

Preface................................................................... viii

ELASTIC MINDS.......................................................... 1

Creative Thinking................................................ 5

Strategic Thinking................................................ 7

Critical Thinking.................................................. 8

Design Thinking................................................... 8

Lean Thinking...................................................... 9

Systems Thinking.............................................. 10

START..................................................................... 12

The Power of Observation........................................ 15

Tracy Treacy Leader Profile................................ 16

Continual Learning................................................... 23

Dr. Dave Martinez Leader Profile....................... 26

Continual Learning............................................ 32

Learning Community - 2-Hour Learning Fridays.. 33

Shu Ha Ri Stages of Learning and Growth........... 34

Continual Learning Journey Map (CLJM)............ 34

Continual Learning Review & Actions (CLRA)...... 43

Clearing the Hurdles —Climbing the Mountains........ 46

Kevin Castle Leader Profile................................ 48

Climbing the Mountains as a Servant Leader...... 54

Climbing the Mountain in the Pursuit of Success 55

The Hurdle of Growing a Business...................... 57

Recovering and Clearing the Hurdle of Loss........ 59

The Story of Getting There....................................... 62

Tammy Hawkins Leader Profile.......................... 64

Storytelling – The Story of Getting There............ 68

Smaller and More Frequent Delivery......................... 75

Richard Dolman Leader Profile.......................... 77

Incremental Value Delivery............................... 85

RINSE...................................................................... 89

Learn Fast - Inspect and Adapt.................................. 90

Alicia McLain Leader Profile............................... 92

Growth Mind-Set.............................................. 99

You Don’t Know It Until You Do It............................ 103

Jill Freeman Stack Leader Profile...................... 105

The Way We Learn.......................................... 110

REPEAT.................................................................. 116

Check the Rearview Mirror..................................... 117

James Wright Leader Profile............................ 119

We Can Only Learn from the Past..................... 126

Pay It Forward to Those Who Follow....................... 130

Wes Kliewer Leadership Profile........................ 132

Coaching and Mentoring.................................. 135

Knowledge Sharing.......................................... 138

Knowledge Management System (KMS)........... 141

When You Fall, Stand Again.................................... 143

Bobby Cooper Leader Profile............................ 145

What Is Your Motivation? - Know Your Why..... 151

Celebrate the Victories – Attitude of Gratitude. 154

Be Aware of Culture............................................... 157

About the Author................................................... 163

References............................................................ 165

Appendix A: Survey................................................ 168

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