Gulp. You’re project is behind schedule. Funding didn’t get approved for your pet initiative. Contract isn’t going to be renewed. Company is downsizing. The feature you were sure was going to be a hit is a dud. I could go on, but you get the point. Bad news: Any information which adversely and seriously affects an […]Read more "How Do You Share Bad News?"
There aren’t many people from college I keep up with anymore. Just a few close buddies that I spent almost every day of life with for a few years. After graduation, we would call often, even do group calls to laugh at each other. Then when one of us would get engaged or have a […]Read more "When Is Your Team Ready To Leave The Nest?"
My first role on an Agile team was as a scrum master. The only product I had to sell at that time was my experience being the conduit between development and business. Previous roles in quality assurance had sufficiently prepared me if only to understand I had a lot more to learn. The next role […]Read more "What Exactly Is My Product as an Agile Coach?"
“Being a consultant is like flying first-class. The food is terrific, the drinks are cold. But all you can do is walk up to the pilot and say, ‘bank left.’” — Greg Brenneman Speaking to an engaged audience is always a treat. Mainly because I have been in their shoes before, but there is also […]Read more "What Have I Learned As A Consultant?"
“Can I give you some feedback?” Take stock of how you feel after reading those words. Not great right? Your blood pressure and pulse probably spiked a bit. There aren’t many other sentences that put us more on edge in the workplace. Right out of college, the scariest thing one could tell me was the […]Read more "Feedback Doesn’t Have To Be Scary"
“It’s the year of Chris.” I didn’t understand what Allison was telling me. Having known her for a few years, I’m accustomed to her riddles. At Dallas Agile Leadership Network, I asked why she chose me to co-present with her at Dallas Tech Fest. That one sentence in January would change the course of my year. No comment on if […]Read more "What A Year Of Conference Speaking Taught Me"
The advent of this holiday season has brought a fair amount of discomfort for my family. My kids see family photo time as a reminder that their mom is celebrating the holiday somewhere else. My parents see their child and grandkids trying to make the best of who is and isn’t there around the table […]Read more "How Can We Help In Times Of Discomfort?"
“When you drop any new idea in the pond of the world, you get a ripple effect. You have to be aware that you will be creating a cascade of change.” — Joel A. Barker I love kick off week. New starts always gives me a jolt. Everyone’s filled with hope, or at least a desire […]Read more "Fostering Change Is A Team Sport"
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson Love that quote from the greatest boxer of my childhood. Tyson punched the first 19 plans he faced in the mouth, 12 in the first round. Those opponents were left wondering what happened to all the months of training and preparation. In […]Read more "My First Change Experiment: Bumps In The Road"
There are a lot of things we are striving to be tolerant of in our society today. Terrorism, race, religion, immigration, marriage, and a bevy of other topics manage to flood our news stream and ask for consideration. Passionate advocates for either side of the subject manage to artfully articulate points. Each one presents the same […]Read more "What Can Tolerance Teach Our Teams?"