From Journey to Center: Lessons in Unifying Body, Mind, and Spirit, by Thomas F. Crum "You do the "doing" part of facilitation well; you have to work on centring and entering the conversation", my manager told me some time ago. What does being centred mean? How can you learn to get centred? How does it... Continue Reading →
Everything You Need to Know About Coaching with ICF
You want to be a coach. Where do you start? Should you get training? Is a certification needed? If yes, which one? What how can you learn more? How do you find a coach? What kind of skills do you need as a coach? I will try to answer all these questions and more here.... Continue Reading →
Compassion Makes for a Successful Coaching Relationship
... 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. One morning, I accidentally discovered this coaching approach when I took a taxi to the office (versus my regular reading-in-the-train trip). I looked for an exciting podcast... Continue Reading →
The Relationship is Central to Co-active Coaching
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.
Coaching and Agile Coaching. Same same or different?
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?
Give and Receive Feedback with Radical Candor
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 centre (intending to transfer all procurement activities from Brussels and Geneva), and I was employee number four of the new... Continue Reading →
Practice Empathy with Nonviolent Communication
Empathy and emotional intelligence are the focus of 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 one of... Continue Reading →
Increase Your Team’s Performance with The Culture Map
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 eight nationalities (out of eight team members) spread across all spectrums of cultural differences. My family is also multicultural (my son has Romanian-Malaysian genes, plus influences from Romanian, Chinese, Malaysian and... Continue Reading →
Becoming a Skilled Facilitator – A Framework
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 →
Increase Team Collaboration with These 3 Concepts
I started working with software developers a little under ten years ago. Coming from a business background, my predominant work was communication and relating. But I began to work with people who would spend more time creating, designing, and building products. I had to relearn my approach to work, communication, meeting settings and generally my... Continue Reading →