CHAPTER 8

Pioneer

Introduction to Function #6: Pioneer

The etymology of the word pioneer stems from the early sixteenth century referring to a military term denoting a member of the infantry originating from the French pionnier or “foot soldier.” For those looking to create a more agile organization to sustain itself in a volatile world, they should consider pioneer as the sixth function of an agile manager. The agile manager as a pioneer identifies issues, explores new solutions, and inspires others with a vision where the organization remains vibrant, relevant, and essential. To that end, the agile manager as a pioneer has three principles to consider. An agile manager should encourage dialogue from employees and others about the organization’s ...

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