The Reluctant Agilist

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One of the most challenging issues faced by any organization is how to support and care for the individuals who work there. This challenge takes on a whole new level of complexity in the context of a consulting organization with staff who spend most of their time on the road away from their families and from one another. There is no specific formula for how to protect your most valuable resource (the people) from turning into burned out, disconnected road warriors who check out and eventually bail in search of something better.

In this interview, Howard Sublett, the Director of Community Development at Solutions IQ and Dave Prior discuss how Howard advocates in support of the people who are in the field and the importance of maintaining empathy for members of the community. Dave and Howard also talk about how Howard’s approach to life and work all focus around the idea of being of service to others and the importance of planning your life (and work) so that you are able to take advantage of the magic that interruptions provide.

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Show Notes:

  • How Howard describes what he does 0:38
  • You can’t create community in a vacuum 2:50
  • Where Howard’s empathy comes from 4:45
  • On the road 6:40
  • What you do is a very subtle thing 7:45
  • Planning for the disruption 9:20
  • Being open to disruption in all areas of your life 10:50
  • Taking the chance to build a deeper connection 12:06
  • The lens you see the world through 13:12
  • Learning to be more open? 14:10
  • Maintaining the Introvert/Extrovert balance in your organization 15:22
  • How to maintain the level of openness even when ti doesn’t always work 17:00
  • Journaling 18:45 Diving as a meditative practice 19:45
  • Getting in touch with Howard 21:26

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Posted on: June 17, 2016 02:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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