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Meetup: ‘Coaching Leaders through Uncertainty’ with Tracy Sinclair

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup event hosting Tracy Sinclair – Director at Large on the International Coaching Federation Global Enterprise Board & co-author of ‘Becoming a Coach: The Essential ICF Guide’.

—Overview of the event—

Coaching has always been a powerful way to support leaders through change and transition. However, the level of change and uncertainty being faced by leaders today is greater than ever before. This session shares some of the trends being noticed amongst leaders at this time, along with suggestions for further discussion around effective coaching interventions.

—About the Speaker—

Tracy Sinclair is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is also, a trained Coaching Supervisor, Mentor Coach and ICF Assessor. Tracy trains coaches and works with managers and leaders to develop their coaching capability. She works as an international Corporate Executive and Board Level Coach, a leadership development designer and facilitator working with a wide range of organisations. Tracy also specialises in working with organisations to support them develop coaching culture.

She was named as one of the Leading Global Coach winners of the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Awards of 2019. Tracy was the President of the UK ICF from 2013-2014 and has been an ICF Global Board Director since 2016, serving as Treasurer in 2017, Global Chair in 2018 and Immediate Past Global Chair in 2019. She currently serves as a Director at Large on the International Coaching Federation Global Enterprise Board.

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Meetup: ‘Agile Skills in a Digital World’ with Lyn & Simon Girvan

Lyn and Simon Girvan discuss Agile skills in a digital world and answer crowdsourced questions on the topic.

Key Q&A topics include:
• Why is Agile important in a digital world?
• Businesses have always been agile – what’s different now?
• Is agile relevant beyond software teams?
• What are the most important agile skills?

Meetup: ‘Welcome to the Agile Mani-fresh-to!’ & ‘Uber reteaming’: 2 short talks

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Join us for our first-ever Agile Coaching Network event (live online), hosting two short talks by experienced and passionate Agile Coaches.

—Overview—

Talk 1: Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! – Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

What changed in 2020? Well, pretty much everything! We went in to the office, stayed at home, struggled at the home-school, bought a new bike, found out just how bad we were at baking banana bread and met our neighbours for the first time. Heck, we even got an updated Scrum Guide. What didn’t we get? An update to the Agile Manifesto.

Join this interactive session to hear two Agile Coaches pitch their hand-picked, latest and greatest Agile concepts, techniques and practices to add to the Manifesto and be prepared to dot vote which you think is best. What would you add to this hallowed piece of text? Bring along your thoughts and you will be able to pitch them at the end of the session as the People’s Choice. Hopefully, you will pick up some new ideas to help you plan your 2021 and sign up to the new Mani-fresh-to!

Talk 2: Uber reteaming – Stefan Aust

Frequent reteaming has a negative impact to an organization. New team members join, current members leave or are reassigned to other projects in an instant. Hectic transfers and chaotic handovers are part of a so-called uber reteaming of staff and build products. In this meet-up, we will discuss the implications of uber reteaming and helpful remedies.

Meetup – Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! with Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! – Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

What changed in 2020? Well, pretty much everything! We went in to the office, stayed at home, struggled at the home-school, bought a new bike, found out just how bad we were at baking banana bread and met our neighbours for the first time. Heck, we even got an updated Scrum Guide. What didn’t we get? An update to the Agile Manifesto.

Join this interactive session to hear two Agile Coaches pitch their hand-picked, latest and greatest Agile concepts, techniques and practices to add to the Manifesto and be prepared to dot vote which you think is best. What would you add to this hallowed piece of text? Bring along your thoughts and you will be able to pitch them at the end of the session as the People’s Choice. Hopefully, you will pick up some new ideas to help you plan your 2021 and sign up to the new Mani-fresh-to!

Meetup: Bringing Leadership Agility to Agile with Bill Joiner

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Bill Joiner – author of Leadership Agility and founder of the Leadership Agility 360 assessment.-

–Overview of the event—

Everyone is talking about the need for agile leadership. At this event, you’ll hear about a provocative, robust approach to agile leadership called Leadership Agility.

You’ll learn why Leadership Agility requires more than an agile mindset, and how highly agile leaders think and act when leading organizational change, leading teams, and navigating pivotal conversations. You’ll also learn the three distinct stages leaders grow through as they become increasingly agile.

—About the Speaker—

Bill Joiner is a widely recognized thought leader in the world of Agile leadership. Building on his doctorate in leadership and organization development at Harvard University, he has over three decades of experience as an organisational change and team development consultant, and a leadership educator and coach. Following the publication of his book, Leadership Agility, he has expanded his practice to include training hundreds of coaches in Leadership Agility Coaching and in how to use the Leadership Agility 360 and Leadership Agility Accelerator (self-assessment). He is the CEO of ChangeWise and is based in the Boston area.

The SCARF Model – How it affects agile teams

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In the post ‘There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers In Your Office‘, we discussed how our brains have evolved, and that the primal response that helped protect us from sabre-toothed tigers had changed. Our brains now see that same level of threat from domains of human social experience that we wouldn’t consider to be life or death situations. However, our brains react as if they are, releasing the same chemicals and in doing so depleting other parts of our brain of resources. 

This is bad news – because it is the other more evolved parts of our brain that we use most We rely on them to do our jobs well. When they are not functioning at 100% (because our brains Limbic System is responding to a perceived threat) our cognitive function is impacted in several ways:

  • We become poorer at complex and non-linear problem solving
  • We make more generalisations and come up with fewer options when problem solving
  • Are more likely to react defensively and treat small stressors as of they were big stressors
  • And are more likely to err on the safe side, be less innovative, creative or bold.

The 5 Domains of Human Social Experience in SCARF

David Rock coined the acronym SCARF to describe the 5 domains of human social experience that the brain perceives to be as dangerous as a sabre-toothed tiger running loose in our office: They are threats to our Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness. 

While threats to these generate a negative ‘Threat’ response, the brain is also capable of responding to changes in these factors with a positive ‘Reward’ response. This means that we can take steps to both mitigate the negative impact and promote the positive. Unfortunately the threat response is more powerful and longer lasting than the award response, so the SCARF threats are more dangerous.

Let’s explore these domains in a little more detail, and consider how agile teams affect them.Read More »The SCARF Model – How it affects agile teams