ExO Sprints Roles

Dur­ing an ExO Sprints, key roles are filled both from with­in and out­side the organization.

Peo­ple from with­in the orga­ni­za­tion are key to main­tain­ing the DNA of the com­pa­ny; their pres­ence will help sup­press the cor­po­rate immune response. Remem­ber: orga­ni­za­tion­al trans­for­ma­tion is all about trans­form­ing the peo­ple who work for the organization.

At the same time, you’ll also need to recruit peo­ple from out­side the orga­ni­za­tion if you are to access the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and exper­tise required to run your ExO Sprints. There’s no way all the smartest and most tal­ent­ed peo­ple in the world already work for you. As a result, you’ll need to con­nect your project to the exter­nal community.

Leadership and Coordination

ExO Sprints Sponsor:
The main cham­pi­on of the ExO Sprints and the trans­for­ma­tion process. Ide­al­ly, the CEO of the orga­ni­za­tion fills this role.

Sup­port from the high­est lev­el pos­si­ble with­in the orga­ni­za­tion is key to the suc­cess of an ExO Sprints.

The ExO Sprints Spon­sor should have the author­i­ty to fund and approve ongo­ing ExO ini­tia­tives fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the ExO Sprints.

ExO Sprints Coor­di­na­tor (Option­al):
Depend­ing on the num­ber of ExO teams being formed, you may find this role help­ful in assist­ing with admin­is­tra­tive and logis­ti­cal details.

ExO Sprints Observers:
You may want to involve lead­ers and mid­dle man­age­ment mem­bers who can pro­vide con­tin­u­ous feed­back on the progress of the ExO Sprints. (With­out their involve­ment, you’re like­ly to find them act­ing as the immune sys­tem!) It’s imper­a­tive that these peo­ple attend the Awake Ses­sion and be prop­er­ly trained in Expo­nen­tial Orga­ni­za­tions and the ExO Sprints methodology.

Team Members

ExO Edge Participant:
A mem­ber of an ExO Edge team, which is com­prised of four to six members.

ExO Core Participant:
A mem­ber of an ExO Core team, which is also com­prised of four to six members.

External Support

The team run­ning the ExO Sprints will ben­e­fit from com­ple­men­tary sup­port from and access to exter­nal resources.

ExO Head Coach
One per ExO Sprints. Over­sees exe­cu­tion and pro­vides sup­port to indi­vid­ual ExO Coach­es. Ensures that results are cohe­sive and that objec­tives are met. Has a good under­stand­ing of the ExO mod­el and approach.

ExO Coach­es:
One per team. Facil­i­tates the process by sup­port­ing indi­vid­u­als in understanding
and suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ing exer­cis­es and assignments.

ExO Dis­rup­tors:
Those with a strong under­stand­ing of inno­va­tion in gen­er­al and about the ExO mod­el in par­tic­u­lar. Can pro­vide teams with feed­back about their ExO ini­tia­tives dur­ing the Dis­rup­tion Ses­sion and Launch Ses­sion. Should be inde­pen­dent of the orga­ni­za­tion and its leadership.

Exter­nal Advisors:
Respond to par­tic­u­lar requests for top­ic-spe­cif­ic insight and exper­tise in expo­nen­tial tech­nolo­gies and ExO attrib­ut­es. Should be avail­able through­out the course of the ExO Sprints and depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic needs of the team.

ExO Speak­ers (Option­al):
ExO expert(s) able to deliv­er a “shock and awe” talk at the Awake Ses­sion and/or Dis­rup­tion Session.

ExO Train­er (Option­al):
Runs the Align Ses­sion to train the ExO Sprints par­tic­i­pants on the ExO frame­work, process­es and tools that they will use dur­ing the ExO Sprints.

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