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Elastic Leadership: Growing self-organizing teams

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Elastic leadership is a framework and philosophy that can help you as you manage day-to-day and long-term challenges and strive to create the elusive self-organizing team. It is about understanding that your leadership needs to change based on which phase you discover that your team is in. This book provides you with a set of values, techniques, and practices to use
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 24th 2016 by Manning Publications
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Sebastian Gebski
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. Far from being a complete resource on leadership, but I loved it anyway for one particular reason: it's the only book I can recall that gives a lot of consideration to one of the most critical phenomenons in technical leadership -> getting teams out of the survival mode. I really mean it: Roy perfectly describes what SM is, what are its consequences, how hard it is to get out of it & ... how few actually manages to do so. I find it very valuable as according to my observations ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really liked the content of this 'book' (particularly the commitment language idea), but hated its form. The main problem is that Elastic Leadership is not really a book, but a collection of barely connected notes (not even essays), each of which is quite self-sufficient and provides a description for one leadership-related idea, but is quite superficial, never presenting the reader with deep reasons for using the described idea or why does it matter. Examples provided in the book try to look ...more
Lena Vi
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
A horrible book of obvious things which should look better (also, shorter and cheaper) as a blog post.
Pages shouldn’t be wasted to discuss the positive outcomes of stand ups and retros... But the whole position of a team lead being a momma is a real problem... Grow, challenge, talk - excuse me, the team is full of adults, not three years old. Newbie team leads should not read this book - the point of view of the author can cause problems... The last chapter of the notes from different leads is
Zbyszek Sokolowski
While reading the book I had mixed feelings while some parts are brilliant and worth reading, some appeared to me far from ideal. The main idea of book that development is done is three phases thus modes:

1. survival mode
2. learning mode
3. self-organizing mode

Survival is when project is somehow endangered, needs strict control. The learning mode is something between former and the next. It is phase when there is some space for learning and making less or more controlled mistakes. The third one w
Eduards Sizovs
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book is OK. Some good advice for young team leaders. The main idea of the book is that a leader should adapt its leadership model, depending on the "mode" the team is in:
1. survival mode
2. learning mode
3. self-organizing mode
Henry Suryawirawan
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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If you ever doubt or question yourself whether you are doing the right things on technical leadership, this book provides you with nuggets of technical leadership essentials. I myself can relate to my leadership journeys, especially during my startup days. The book is light and easy to read. I particularly like the concept of the three team phases and how each phase requires a certain leadership style and responsibilities. The notes to software team leaders are also insightful and interesting to ...more
Dmitry Hlebnikovs
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Great book for getting ideas for growing teams. The book only scratches surface of incredibly complex theme and I think some ideas require entire book to be implemented correctly. In my opinion this book should be threaded as manifesto or explored as map for future self development as leader. Overall ideas are great and we already using in our team, some of them we will try.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
There are a couple of primary ideas in this book related to leading teams in a way which fits their current context and encouraging the team members to commit to taking action to resolve problems they identify (to avoid leaders becoming bottlenecks). Some ways to put these ideas into practice are also identified.
Mark Nenadov
There are some really good tidbits for tech leaders in here, and I found parts of it to be very valuable, but overall the book seems too raw. It lacks form/structure. It has a very loose feel, with a lack of cohesion--a barely sewed together collection of notes.
Ismail Mayat
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book, what really comes through is the authors years of experience.

My favourite section of the book is the chapter 'notes to a software team lead' some real gold nuggets.

Have pushed a copy to my kindle as I will be coming back this book again and again.
Maciej Smolinski
Roy Osherove offers existing and future leaders a framework for becoming an efficient, elastic leader.

This book is a fantastic resource for anyone familiar with the Tuckman's team development model as well as Lencioni's pyramid of team dysfunctions but unsure how to help the team move to the next stage.

The author makes a clear distinction between the survival mode, learning mode and self-organizing mode and many times throughout the book reminds us true learning happens when we truly get out of
Christophe Addinquy
There is no new stuff in this rather pleasant book. The authors describes several leadership mode including the "command & control" one ! The great value of this text is to make basic keys to leadership accessible to developper who will start this position. The craft point of view helps a lot
Ma note de lecture en Français ici
Yuri Kushch
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book, good content on leadership and inspiration.
Potentially, could contain a lot of advices if you're thinking on improving & growing your team. Also, could change vision a bit, if you didn't think about how to grow the team of highly responsible professionals.
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