Leadership

Value of Listening

At the end of a recent coaching session (an hour long meeting), I asked “what can I do to support you?”.  The response was simply “just keep listening.” Immediately, my heart skipped a beat. But before I could formulate a thought, he added…

What do you see?

One of my favorite feedback comments that I frequently receive is centered around helping people see various perspectives in situations.  I fully embrace that perceptions do not always align with intentions. I fully embrace that people are doing the best in…

Birthdays at work

I’ve worked for companies where nothing was done for a birthday.  I’ve worked for companies where cakes were consumed for birthdays. I’ve worked for companies where cards were given for birthdays. I’ve worked for companies where happy hours were attended…

Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Laloux, provides a comprehensive overview of how humans have organized in groups over the centuries.  My colleague, Peter Green, did an amazing post with a video summary. An alternative very short summary: Red: Street Gang (constant exercise…

Perspectives on Selling

When I’m leading in an organization, I’ve been very intentional that I never wanted to “sell” a change. It is not that I don’t understand the dynamics of how people respond to change but instead, I would do some combination…

Women in X

Honestly, I’m super nervous about writing this post.  Partially because I seemingly have a different perspective from many women. Additionally, sometimes talking about this topic makes you a target.  However, both of those reasons are exactly why I should be…

Quality and Value

Here’s an exercise to try with your team (that I believed I learned at a conference) focused on Quality and Value. Preparation: Create the following signs: Quality = Value Quality < > Value Quality inside of Value Value inside of…

WTF

Anyone that knows me personally, is well aware of my sailor talking abilities. WTF is a well-used favorite of mine. Recently, I was teaching in a class and my co-trainer mentioned learning that leaders should change”WTF” in the traditional sense to “Where’s…

Risk Response Strategies

Somehow in the world of Agile, many teams (leaders) have forgotten/neglected the powerful tool of Risk Management, specifically Risk Response Strategies. I’m not going to be sharing any new definitions. This stuff has been around for quite some time but…