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?"
Karen Armstrong was frustrated. Having joined a convent at the age of 17 and committing to a life of poverty and service, she wasn’t succeeding in the ways she thought she would. A nun is only as good as the quality of her prayers, she stated, and hers were lacking. So after 7 years, she […]Read more "What Will It Take To Build A Team Of Compassionate People?"
Willful blindness: a term used in law to describe a situation in which an individual seeks to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting his or herself in a position where he or she will be unaware of facts that would render him or her liable. That’s a pretty severe accusation […]Read more "Are you afraid to raise your hand and speak up? You’re not alone."
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison Whether you are a team of one, or one hundred, we are presented with the daily opportunity to introduce positive change into our work environments. Asking tough questions is a challenge, to say the least, but it is also imperative […]Read more "Am I The Only One With This Problem?"
For the many flavors and leadership caucuses in the Agile community, it’s a wonder we all manage to get anything to a consensus these days. New scrum masters and product owners are being minted every day — in countries all over the world — often without much in the way of mentorship, and that has […]Read more "How Do You Lead Without Power?"
Having prided myself on being well read on industry information, I thought I knew how to have an intelligent conversation on analytics. I’ve pitched A/B testing in previous jobs, explained value-stream mapping, and collected more than my fair share of metrics on team success. With all of the sites devoted to gathering and analyzing feedback, […]Read more "Blog Post: What Analytics Are Teaching Me About Retrospectives"
Nothing makes you take a hard look at yourself like a 12-step program. While I am not finished yet, I am close enough to see the whole picture as it was meant to unfold. Having forced myself to look upon my past, and recognized what impact it had on who I am now, I can […]Read more "Blog Post: What Can A 12-Step Program Teach You About Professional Growth?"
It’s crazy to think about how long TED talks have been around. Long enough for them to be an unknown quantity, diamond in the rough, huge hit, lame, hit again, lame again, and so on. I view each one as a box of Cracker Jacks. You know there’s going to be a prize inside each one, […]Read more "Blog Post: What Can A Benedictine Monk Teach Agile Coaches?"
The airwaves in December are filled with making your dreams come true. Commercials (you know, the stuff you fast forward through), have taught us that everyone wants a car with a big red bow, the newest Apple device, and for him to go to Jared. Not only do we want it, we deserve it. It […]Read more "Blog Post: What Is Your Hyperreality?"