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 centering and entering the conversation", my manager told me some time ago. What does being centered mean? How can you learn to get centered? How does it... Continue Reading →
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 →
... 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 →