June 8, 2021

Why an internal coaching capability is essential if your business is to succeed

A coach’s role is to bring out the best in others helping them to discover and harness their potential and equip them with tools and strategies to make agility to work. Organisational agility needs skilled agile coaches to establish cross-functional teams, agile leadership, and to transform organisational structures and culture. By developing an internal coaching…

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January 26, 2021

Change. Chapter One. By Simon Powers

Chapter One. Change. by Simon Powers “When the rain falls, it won’t fall on one man’s house” — Bob Marley Why read this book? “He who has a ‘why’ to live for, can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche On a cold September night in 2014, I lay in bed and listened to the wind…

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October 18, 2020

A guide to organisational coaching styles

The need As projects get more complex and require larger numbers of people to work on them, and as innovation continues to be paramount in all product and service development, the need for different personalities to collaborate and produce real results is higher now than ever before. Demanding that people work together and deliver innovative…

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February 18, 2018

How to Change Culture

How to Change Culture There are many models for discussing Culture change that are useful in opening the conversation with leadership. Models I have found useful include: The Schneider Model Frederic Laloux model based upon spiral dynamics The Sahota model These models give us the ability to see where things are now and where we…

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October 8, 2017

Ignore the Hierarchy!

History of Agile and Organisational Change Timeline game

Ignore the Hierarchy! Hierarchy is one of the defining cultural properties of modern civilisation. It is part of a reinforcing loop that encourages conformity and includes leadership and structure. From experience, I know that you cannot change culture directly. In the Enterprise Agility Masterclass (EAM) we use the AWA model which defines levers we can adjust,…

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October 4, 2017

History of Organisational Change – Podcast

History of Organisational Change – Podcast In this episode, Tim and Simon talk about the history and patterns of organisational change, the role that agile plays, and why the way we think about our own identity changes over time and is changing now. The context of this conversation stems from a module in our 3…

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November 10, 2016

An Agile Tale – Destined to Fly

An Agile Tale – Destined to Fly At what stage do you think a caterpillar knows it will one day be something else? Even if it knows it is destined to transform, do you think it realizes that one day it will flutter over the same ground it currently crawls along, and that many will…

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August 25, 2016

What is an Agile Coach?

What is an Agile Coach? This post follows on from What is Agile? If you didn’t read that, then please it read it now. Otherwise, this isn’t going to make a whole lot of sense. OK, let’s begin. What is an Agile Coach? The word ‘coach’, like the old stage coaches, can be taken to…

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May 27, 2016

Coaching skills for agile coaches

Coaching Skills for Agile Coaches I’ve noticed that the word ‘coaching’ is often used to describe anything from teaching to professional coaching, and everything in between. So how much of what we do as agile coaches or ScrumMasters is really coaching – and how much of it should be? The Agile Coaching Institute’s coaching competency…

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February 26, 2016

The Cynefin Review Pt 1

Cynefin – The Sense Making Framework – Part 1 This is a new series on Cynefin and the Sense Making Framework that shares what I learnt on the 4-day course with David Snowden and Tony Quinlan. There are many other articles and official works which will give you a more formal view on the framework and I…

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