You have to be very strong now: A few user stories and daily standup meetings won’t make you agile. All right, now it’s out. There’s no point in cloning Spotify. mitating the form, rituals, and practices without understanding the essence of them and the logic behind them are ineffective cargo cult.
Corporate rebels cause irritation and thereby keep organizations alive. They act according to clear principles for the benefit of their organization as what and how it should be ideally. To this end, they repeatedly question the status quo and thus ultimately perform civil disobedience in the organization.
Management deals with the inanimate. It deals with numbers, processes and structures – leadership with the living, with people in their diversity and uniqueness. It is often neglected that leadership always refers first and foremost to the leader himself. And this self-management begins with the journey to oneself and the clarification of such essential questions as “What is my talent?”,”What gives me joy?” or “What does the world need from me?”.
In our predominantly tayloristic working world, there is always a strict separation between thinking and acting. The management defines goals, organization and processes and the simple employees are working within these structures created for them. Reorganization and process changes are the most important management tasks according to this paradigm. In contrast to other organizational changes, an agile transformation cannot succeed in this way. It is precisely this tayloristic separation between thinking and acting that is being dissolved in an agile organization in favor of the new paradigm of self-organization and shared responsibility for product and process.
Change needs disturbance. Every organization needs people who question the status quo. As jesters or corporate rebels, they cause constructive irritation and thus prevent dangerous stagnation. After the ten principles addressed to the corporate rebels themselves, the question now naturally arises of how to create an environment for constructive rebelliousness and how to lead, challenge and coach rebels.