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Gratitude

Posted on 24. Nov, 2011 by Michael Spayd.

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You really have to love Thanksgiving. It is such a non-conflicted holiday for many of us. Lowered expectations compared to the ones to follow, more pure joy, and that mother of all virtues, gratitude. Being grateful creates a state of humility and openness in us. Acknowledging and being thankful for our blessings paves the way [...]

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An Open Letter to the First Co-Active Summit

Posted on 28. Feb, 2011 by Michael Spayd.

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I regret that I did not say it then. But I was not ready, we were not ready. In the intervening hours, I have talked to some of you–bemoaned that we did not collectively ’get to closure’–and I promised to do something. Here is a first thing. [Note: this blog was published Feb. 28, with an [...]

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Why Coach Training Matters

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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The week before last, I had the honor of supporting twenty Agile Coaches in taking a significant step in their development as coaches. Lyssa Adkins led the Coaching Agile Teams class from the front of the room, I led from the back, guardian of the space. It was a powerful experience for all of us!
Leading [...]

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Why Coaching Matters

Posted on 01. Nov, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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As I prepare to help my friend Lyssa Adkins conduct the Coaching Agile Teams class in San Francisco this week, I started reflecting on all this coaching stuff.  Why does the ability to coach individual members of the project community–and the team as a whole–really matter? I sought inspiration in the core coaching competencies defined [...]

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Courage, Convictions & Neutrality

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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I have been struck lately by two observations which are ironically related. One is when we as Agile Coaches want to persuade. We try to persuade our constituents and stakeholders to take certain actions, to be more Agile, to ‘really’do the practices, to be an Agile manager, to be an Agile enterprise. Mainly, we exhort [...]

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