Agility starts with Mind. It’s about open, curious, energetic mind constantly looking for doing better things and in better ways. Such Agile Minds manifest in proactively sensing market/customer opportunities/needs early, quickly adopting to changes to create new value in the changing contexts, continuously learning, exploring and experimenting new things. It requires courage, self-drive and taking people along. If we notice, all these characteristics are distilled in Agile values and principles.
But how to develop Agile Minds? Typically our education system and corporate trainings are predominantly IQ oriented; whereas Agile Mind is about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – self awareness, self regulation, self motivation and empathy. EQ is an essential ingredient for a culture of self-organizing, collaboration and servant leadership – which are the tenets of good Agile culture. Mindfulness is a practical and effective toolset to cultivate EQ and create Agile Minds.