The Agile Coach's Guide To The Galaxy

  • Coaching Organizations

    Grassroots movements at work – How management interventions affect agency

    The best way to kill a grassroots movement at your company is to assign an owner, sponsor, or steering group for it.     Below is a story about ACME, a fictitious software company, and how it responded to a grassroots movement. In the story, I discuss things to be aware of when new grassroots movements form both as a member of the movement and as upper management. I share pitfalls and summarize takeaways so that you can be more mindful of how to let the energy of grassroots movements flourish in your organization.   Grassroots movements have agency. What is agency?  Agency is power of action. It’s the ability…