I recently went on a two-day excursion to the United States to support the local economy in Grand Forks and I was struck with a unique message on a bill board on the way back to Winnipeg. There were the usual bill boards that listed the shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants that you should visit. But amongst all these capitalist bill boards, was a plain white bill board with black letters with a simple message.
I wish I could have taken a picture to include in this post. But when I searched for the image on Google, lo and behold someone else had taken a photo and uploaded it. It seems I wasn’t the only one affected by this simple message.
What it means to me
To me this simple message was a reminder of what I feel is most important in all teams. Whether the teams be project teams, family, sports teams, or any other grouping of like-minded individuals. It is even more important in leadership or management positions to place kindness first – before egos, agendas, vision, or politics.
As I start 2013 with my family and project teams, my New Year’s resolution is to always keep this in mind.
- To be kind to my team mates as we discuss different opinions
- To be kind to my clients as we discuss changing requirements and how we can make them delighted
- To be kind to agilists with other opinions that I may not initially agree with. To strive to understand their positions before making up my mind.
- To be kind to the value we are delivering and to eagerly accept change when it adds more value.
- To be kind to change and to not react against any new ideas.
- To be kind with my family and smile and laugh every day.
My goal is to have that image of that sign as I go through 2013. As I thought about it, I felt that if I was truly kind to all the people I interact with and the project, then the project and relationships I had would be very successful.
Recently it seems more focus has been placed on Agile Culture and less on Agile Methods.
To me, “Be Kind” should be the first principle of Agile Culture.