Archive for 'Leadership'

#Stoos, the Yellow vMeme, and the Coming Management Evolution

Posted on 11. Jan, 2012 by Michael Spayd.

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Last weekend I had the good fortune of joining twenty other forward thinking souls in #Stoos, Switzerland, to put our heads and hearts together. Our focus: accelerating the transformation of organizations—and especially management—in the 21st century. The problem might be summed up as mechanistic, monetized thinking which values money per se and control at the [...]

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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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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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Leadership coaching for agile managers & executives

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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Michael is excited to be starting a  leadership coaching group for managers & executives engaged in Agile transformations. From the beginning of his Agile career, Michael has worked extensively with management and their unique perspective on the world of self-organized teams and the necessary changes to management assumptions that accompany an Agile transition. Managers making [...]

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PMO in a New Key

Posted on 09. Mar, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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The title of a book I read in college has always stuck with me: Philosophy in a New Key. It marked the beginning of a new conversation about how philosophy was done. I am intending something similar with a new whitepaper about PMOs in the Agile age.
My attempt to frame a new discussion about PMOs [...]

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Conflict, Diversity & Appreciation

Posted on 04. Oct, 2009 by Michael Spayd.

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My friend Jean Tabaka recently posted what may become a seminal blog (who knows, eh?) on a process of escalating conflict she sees within the Agile community (Escalation is Killing Agile). It soon made the Twitter rounds and then ignited a storm of comments, including some that seemed to actually illustrate Jean’s point. My primary [...]

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