Posts: Coaching

Be the change

Jun 13, 2019

In context of our attendance at Collision last month, we published a quick survey to validate some of our assumptions about Socrates. While the survey is still open for everyone to provide us with feedback, this post summarizes the results of the first respondents.

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Change: Part 2 - Not seeing the system as a whole

Jun 3, 2019

When working with some of our larger customers we frequently run into common barriers to change. Change is difficult and, no matter how often we say it, there is no silver bullet for how to get there. However, we can say there are commonalities in approaches, things we’d look for and actions we’d take in response to those findings. When we look at the delivery of technology within organizations we often come across the barriers within how the teams are organised but even more frequently, how the organization is working with technology is the bigger barrier. Developing powerful roadmaps is valuable and greatly helps with generating alignment and a common vision.

In my last post I spoke to blame culture. In this post I’m going to talk through the second of three common organizational problems we encounter, not looking at the entire system, and how attaining visibility will help you overcome barriers to better achieve your business outcomes.

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Collision: Day 1

May 20, 2019

During the opening presentation Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out that the biggest challenge for organizations today is the access to talent. In order for companies to put great ideas right into the hands of their customers, they need talent to turns those ideas into reality, to market them and distribute them. Without access to that talent, thousands of amazing ideas can only collect dust on the shelves of neglected game changers…

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Different leadership styles

Apr 27, 2019

Teams that work efficiently and effectively together and overcome obstacles under pressure and deadlines fascinate me. I always wondered about the key factors that impact the overall collaboration and motivation of such teams: their goal, team’s product and leadership factor. In this article I will focus on different types of leadership and their impact on the team. Here are 3 different leadership styles I’m exploring.

Crossing over

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Change: Part 1 - Blame Culture

Apr 2, 2019

When working with some of our larger customers we frequently run into common barriers to change. Change is difficult and, no matter how often we say it, there is no silver bullet for how to get there. However, we can say there are commonalities in approaches, things we’d look for and actions we’d take in response to those findings. When we look at the delivery of IT capabilities within organizations, we often come across the barriers caused by how the teams are organized and, even more frequently, how the organization is working with technology. Developing powerful roadmaps is valuable and greatly helps with generating alignment and a common vision.

In this post I am going to talk through the first of three common organizational problems we encounter and ways to overcome them to better achieve your desired business outcomes. The first of these is called blame culture…

Culture of Blame

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The Queen's Hyperloop Design Team: a lesson in Systems Thinking

Mar 7, 2019

Last year I was invited to help the Queen’s Hyperloop Design Team improve their chances in the SpaceX competition. They had just been informed that they did not make it into the last round of the competition, so we focused on setting up the team for success going forward.

Queen's Hyperloop Design Team workshop

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Importance of Criticism

Feb 14, 2019

The past couple of weeks my children had to prepare and present short speeches at school. I encouraged them to practice and provided them some, what I considered to be, constructive feedback. However well meaning and positively framed, it didn’t go over too well. Watching my children learn to cope with constructive criticism reminded me about how we struggle so much with this in other settings.

It also got me thinking about one of the tools I’ve used quite effectively in both individual and team coaching. Sometimes known as the Disney Method but called by the course I learned it at, Tri-Position planning, the tool presents a useful way to help develop a vision and a plan to get there.

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Applied Coaching

Jan 13, 2019

Beyond providing advice in order to help teams thrive, we need to help teams move along in their journey. The better we can do this the more impact we can truly have.

When the rubber hits the road, how do we execute?

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