Toronto Agile Tour – Timeless Leadership

On November 7, 2017 Jason Little and Adriana Girdler presented Timeless Leadership at the Toronto Agle Tour. As the Agile Community evolves and expands, it sometimes loses sight of great ideas created throughout human history in favour of creating superficial quick-fixes for leadership and change. The purpose of this session, and this site, is to point you towards timeless examples of leadership throughout the ages.

Our Session

In 2001, Agile started as a simple set of 4 values and 12 principles designed to be a guide for delivering solutions to customers. Since then, countless frameworks, tools, certifications, and methods have emerged, with many promising to have the one right approach to make Agile work.

We need servant leadership…no wait, we need emergent leadership…no wait, we need agile management and agile leadership…no wait…

It’s no wonder today’s leaders and managers are confused about how to lead an agile organization. In this session, we’ll explore how to look at your organization through 3 different lenses and apply 4 timeless leadership capabilities used by great leaders from organizations like IDEO, Ford, and Ikea.

Attendees will walk away with a profile that describes their individual leadership style, along with how to know how to balance each of the 4 leadership capabilities that are timeless, tried-and-true, and not rooted in agile buzzwords.

About Us

Jason Little @jasonlittle

Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices and all about change.

In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then, he’s been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change. He is the author of Lean Change Management and an international speaker who has spoken all over the world from Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Australia, Belgium and more.

 Adriana Girdler @adrianagirdler

CEO CornerStone Dynamics, Efficiency Expert, Speaker and Author

Adriana has keynoted and moderated more than 50 events in North America. Audiences range from small groups to thousands and have benefited from her solid insights in helping groups become more efficient in their everyday work-life.

Adriana Girdler is one of Canada’s foremost business productivity specialists. Armed with a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt and over 20 years of experience in productivity and process improvement methodologies she launched her company CornerStone Dynamics in 2008. Adriana has worked in various industries, leading companies to improve what they do, how they do it and their bottom line.

Adriana is an entrepreneur, executive coach, professional speaker, facilitator and author of Efficiency Matters, the SparkShift book series and the most recent – The Visual Vision Statement Workbook – both a personal and business edition. She has been featured in The Globe and Mail, CBC, CTV, CHCH, Global TV, The Huffington Post, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010 and published in numerous industry magazines. Adriana is passionate about improvement and efficiency, in both people and organizations.