Christa Kirby

Author of VP, Global Learning Innovation

International Institute for Learning (IIL)

Cultivating an Agile Mindset: Creativity, Trust, and a Plastic Toothbrush Case

(Video presentation available March 7 – June 9, 2019)

In the Agile world, a lot of focus is put on tools and techniques, but what about the importance of an Agile mindset?

The ability to think both creatively and critically is an invaluable life skill that is frighteningly close to becoming a lost art. These days, uttering a quick phrase can give us an instantaneous answer; all we have to do is say, “Hey Siri,” “OK, Google,” or simply: “Alexa!” In ten seconds, we can know the capital of Burkina Faso, the lifespan of a star, and yes – we can even hear the sound that a whale makes.

In our always-connected world, we have outsourced our memories to our omnipresent devices. We have billions of facts at our fingertips at almost any point in time. But as Aristotle wrote in Posterior Analytics, “Knowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the [reason for the] fact.” Being able to sit with a question, devise alternative solutions, and evaluate ideas against objective standards are essential capabilities in the workplace.

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About Christa Kirby

With a BA from Duke University and an MA from New York University, Christa Kirby is an experienced Communications professional as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and trainer. For the past decade, Christa has conducted workshops and led trainings for corporations, non-governmental organizations and foundations in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece and the US. Her specialty areas of focus are team-building, leadership, conflict resolution, effective communication, cross-cultural communication and peace-building.