... and is the core of this coaching approach: coaching with compassion, developed by Richard Boyatzis, Ellen VanOosten, PhD, and Melvin Smith, professors at Weatherhead School of Management. I accidentally discovered this coaching approach during one morning when I took a taxi to the office (versus my regular reading-in-the-train trip). I looked for an interesting... Continue Reading →
The coaching relationship is at the heart of co-active coaching. Read on for everything you need to know about the framework: values, principles, contexts, and tools for an effective co-active coaching relationship.
What role does coaching play in the agile transformation of organisations? How do ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches use coaching? How do they differ from Coaches?
The fireball: my first feedback story It was one of my first jobs, the debut of my career. I was working for Procter & Gamble, in Bucharest. The Romanian branch had just opened a procurement center (intending to transfer all procurement activities from Brussels and Geneva) and I was employee number four of the new... Continue Reading →
Empathy and emotional intelligence emotional intelligence are the focus on management and leadership research. Not only that, but it's considered a core skill for just .. being human. The success of teaching children empathy brought the idea that adults can be taught too. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools to learn empathy, and here's... Continue Reading →
I've been living in Malaysia for over five years, working for a company that employs more than 60 nationalities. My first Scrum team had 8 nationalities (of 8 team members), spread across all spectrum of cultural differences. My family is also multicultural (my son has Romanian-Malaysian genes, plus influences from Romanian, Chinese, Malaysian and Indian... Continue Reading →
An Agile Coach wears many hats - coach, trainer, teacher, mentor, consultant, conflict navigator - but my favourite role as a Coach is by far is facilitating groups. There is an immense satisfaction in being the force behind group problem-solving, helping a group navigate through their issues or conflicts or get clarity and create ideas.... Continue Reading →
A little under ten years ago I started to work with software developers. Coming from a business background, my predominant work was related to communication and relating. But I started to work with people who would spend more time in creating, designing, and building products. I had to relearn my entire approach to work, communication, meeting... Continue Reading →
Last year in November I attended the LeSS training with Bas Vodde in Singapore. After three days of immersion in LeSS and Lean I asked Bas: "Would you hire a Scrum Master who is not a software developer?" Bas: "No." The answer was expected. At the same time, earlier in the course, we discussed engineering... Continue Reading →