So You Want to Be A Hero
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So You Want to Be A Hero

Soft skills at the core of Agile leadership

About the Book

Agile is now eating the world. Organizations have to embrace Agile today and as we ask our leaders to take acts of leadership in an Agile environment, it can be demanding on them to operate in an environment that demands a new leadership mindset. This book wants to help Agile leaders by provinding them with a soft skills toolkit to make them succeed in such a landscape.

Jeffrey Pfeffer, listed in the top 25 management thinkers, wrote on his blog how "Businesses—indeed, all organizations—are first and foremost about relationships." No wonder why the signatories of the manifesto for Agile Software Development wrote "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools" as the first line of the manifesto. They also shared Pfeffer observation on how relationships are at the core of software development. Throughout this book, I want to help Agile leaders become more fluent with their soft skills so they can enable their leadership in an Agile environment.

About the Author

Louis-Philippe Carignan
Louis-Philippe Carignan

Louis-Philippe first discovered Agile while toying with test-driven development and continuous integration in 2004. He then encountered Scrum and never looked back afterwards. Involved in dynamic, innovative and international environments, Louis-Philippe is an enthusiast natural leader and goal-oriented. Louis-Philippe enjoys working with people and brings a vision to an organization. He tries to do all that while preserving his strong software engineering skills best practices and methodologies. Louis-Philippe is a graduate in computer engineering (B. Eng) from the University of Sherbrooke and holds a business certificate from the same university.

Table of Contents

  • Mental models
    • There’s a catch about our mental models
    • There’s another catch
    • Examples of mental models
    • Identify some of your mental models
  • Consciousness
    • Tying it back to mental models
    • The stages
  • Emotions
    • An emotion is a 2-step process
    • The anatomy of an emotion
  • Uncertainty
  • (Self) Compassion
    • Self compassion versus self criticism
    • Training
  • References
    • Chapter 1: Mental models
    • Chapter 2: Consciousness

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