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"
His frustration filled the room so quickly that our large common area in the office suddenly felt tiny. Story after story about the situation his team is currently in came rapid fire. The words held an uneasy balance between anger and exasperation. These were the words of someone who knew exactly what was going on, […]Read more "Can I Introduce Change In Tense Settings?"
I can be a bit of a lone wolf at times. Not that I hate people in general, but my ego tends to get in the way of me interaction with others on occasion. I can figure out the solution to everyone’s problem if you just leave me alone and let me work. It’s the […]Read more "Three Traits Of A Creative and Innovative Team"
There times that I absolutely love watching my kids play with each other. With Ella and Owen being only two years apart, they can often do the same activities and Owen keeps pace with his older sister much more than she would like. They giggle, share toys, and compliment each other very well. The nice play, […]Read more "What My Kids Taught Me About Fire-Fighting Cultures"
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass Change is hard. Mr. Douglass knew all too well how struggle and change go hand in hand. Born a slave, he managed to find as much of an education as he could in those days. Once he could read, he read as much […]Read more "Change Is Hard, So Get Started Already!"
Book tours can sometimes make for tough presentations. The author wants to whet the appetite of the audience to elicit more purchases without giving too much away. The audience wants to hear from the speaker about exciting topics without hearing the words “buy the book” more than once. Yet, when you have a speaker like […]Read more "Don’t Let The Cuckoo Effect Ruin Your Organization"
The best part of coaching is getting to listen and interact with co-workers about what problems they face on a daily basis. You don’t need a title to have this enviable role, just the desire to care about others around you and help. I was afforded one such occasion recently when I noticed a frustrated […]Read more "Blog Post: Protecting a team sometimes means “from you”"
Agile coaches, project and product managers all have their strengths. While the specifics tend to differ wildly, I can usually divide them into two camps: the immediate and the future. The immediate specialists are awesome day-to-day negotiators of roadblocks and issues that arise on the team. They love spending time with the team, keeping meetings […]Read more "Blog Post: Are You Better At Focusing On The Future Or The Immediate?"