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Video Blog : Distractions Kill Teams

January 2, 2015

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The Baker’s Dozen of Coaching Leadership

May 11, 2014

1. Be Dedicated – to your client, your team, yourself. Commitment builds trust.
2. Be Curious – about your profession, your client, other fields. Learn continuously. If you think you know it all, you have limited your potential.
3. Be Humble – no matter how successful, smart, or well-known. Arrogance destroys relationships.
4. Be Energetic – Do you bring energy into the room or do you drain the life out of it?
5. Be Engaged – Your client doesn’t value an aloof advisor who provides little value.
6. Be Perceptive – See their gifts. Does your team have cheerleaders (encouragers), pragmatists (guides), jokers (morale builders), dreamers (visionaries)? Leverage these soft abilities as much as hard skills.
7. Be Empathic – See their needs. Be sure to serve their actual needs, not yours.
8. Be Resourceful – When your team has no answer and neither do you, take the initiative to go find a new option or approach for them that may be useful.
9. Be Uplifting – Don’t criticize the doubtful, the non-believers. Encourage and uplift them.
10. Be Persistent – when you hear “we’ve always done it this way”. You are a change agent. You can’t sail the seas when you are tied to the dock.
11. Be Resolute – Reject rejection. Take the high road. Repay your critics with kindness, service, and understanding.
12. Be Fun – Celebrate with your teams whenever they succeed, big or small.
13. Be Caring – Remember, they are not assets or resources. They are real people. With real lives. Just like you.

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Let the Games Begin!

June 30, 2010

I have always enjoyed games and the study of game theory.  I particularly like those games with a rich “strategy and tactics” component, whatever the genre.  Games allow you to learn so much and sometimes you can even learn about yourself and those with whom you play.  And you can do this in a safe (non-real world) environment.  This is so valuable that I always strive to include a gaming component when training / coaching people. Think about it.  Which would you prefer – spending an hour playing Planning Poker or sitting through and additional hour of slideware?

Recently in her newsletter, Donna Reed posted an interesting game to help folks learn about Kanban. Take a look and enjoy.

And for those who feel software development is a serious business where their is no place for “games”, consider the following. Games have: goals, players (or teams), rules, strategy, tactics, obstacles, random events, unknowns, and so forth. Remind you of your last project? Let the games begin!