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Reflections on Agile Coach Camp

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Blog | 6 comments

Reflections on Agile Coach Camp

I’ve been reflecting on my Agile Coach Camp US West experience (April 10 to 12, 2015), remembering how hopeful I felt throughout the weekend. Now that it’s been a week, I want to capture a few of my takeaways, hoping that it will contribute to a wider dialogue surrounding the weekend. My guess is that given the diversity of people attending, there are as many perspectives as there are people. 1. My top “aha” was around the power of games to stimulate creativity through play, and how important this is for Agile teams....

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Cultivating Presence

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Agile Coaching, Blog, Informational | 1 comment

Cultivating Presence

What is presence and why should I cultivate it? For me, presence is a state of being in which I’ve taken care of myself sufficiently enough that I feel relaxed and a natural curiosity toward others. Given that cultivating presence has been an essential part of my day for many years, I was pleasantly surprised to find a chapter titled “Master Yourself” in Lyssa Adkins’ book “Coaching Agile Teams“, and sub-sections titled: “Start with Self-Awareness”, “Daily Practice”, “Are you...

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What is Self-Empathy?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Blog, Informational | 0 comments

What is Self-Empathy?

Self-empathy is a process of self-reflection, where we tune into our current experience, listening to our minds and hearts; we strive to identify and describe our thoughts, feelings and needs alive in the moment (this can also be seen as a “personal inventory”). Self-empathy is usually an individual process, but it can also be assisted by a trained facilitator. I find it helpful to write down what comes out of the process, so that I can review it and learn from it. “What is happening or what am I telling myself about what’s...

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What is Empathy?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

What is Empathy?

Empathy in its basic form is about imagining what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes. The concept has been around for many years, and its foundation is captured in the timeless Golden Rule: “Do onto others as you’d like them to do to you.” There are many definitions of empathy out there, but there are two basic forms which merit mentioning[1]: Emotional Empathy (Affective empathy): the drive to respond with an appropriate emotion to another’s mental/emotional state. Cognitive Empathy: identifying another’s mental/emotional state....

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OS Upgrade: Three Steps to World Peace and Higher Profits

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

OS Upgrade: Three Steps to World Peace and Higher Profits

What if there where something about our human operating system that if tweaked, world peace would become a real possibility? What if along with that peace, we’d experience abundance, community, intimacy and a lot more fun? What if it also led to a culture of collaboration? And our products and services evolved to fully contribute to the general well-being of society. What if you could increase profits while making people’s lives better? Consider the payoff if it were 80% true, would you be interested? I will show you three steps that will...

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