I am in the process of reflecting on the year that is finishing and one of most important thing for me this year was finding places where I am truly curious. When I project myself there, I can have a lot more perspectives available and I am totally open to the world that surrounds me. These places I am talking about are in me, and at the same time they are places I have been physically, my body knows them. These are somatic experiences.
One of them is triggered by the energy that I feel when I am free-riding on my snowboard.
To me, snowboarding is something I really love to do and that I had access to it since a very young age. On my board, I am really relaxed, my senses are hyper sensitive and I have a huge amount of energy and empathy for what is around me. I fully embrace my environment and all the people in it. All this, whilst doing an activity that is fast, potentially dangerous, complex and tiring. My take on what is happening is that when I am on my snowboard I have a somatic resonance to who I really am. It is allowing my true energy to emerge.
Early this year, my coach helped me reveal such places and energy. We explored what was possible from there and how I can really show up with the people around me. Luckily I do not need snow to be in such perspective. As I am living in Singapore it would be very difficult for me to jump on a snowboard whenever I want.
With the help of my coach, I have developed a way to connect to that energy and, with practice I am now able to access it whenever I want. When I do so my thoughts settle, I gain clarity and the ability to choose how I receive information, how I react, what to do with the emotions that come up.
Over the year I have been integrating this energy in everything. It has not been easy. I cannot recall all the times I had to remind myself to stay curious and question what is really going on in the moment. Nevertheless, over the course of the last year, I can really see the changes. The way it has transformed me as a coach, how differently I show up and how I connect with people and teams. Areas of life where I felt stuck or in conflict have disappeared. I sense a lot more fluidity in everything I do. I feel much more connected.
I now invite you to come and find your own place of utmost curiosity. It is always an honor for me to be present when these places show up for you and to witness the transformations that follow.
Take a look at our specially designed programs Connected Leaders and Connected Agile and start your journey on the path to curiosity..
As you might already know, Agile is a set of values (4) and principles (12) which helps in the adoption and maintenance of an Agile methodology. It also helps enhance the quality and delivered value by incorporating continuous improvement in all areas. For example, the adoption of TDD, automated unit testing, BDD and clean code practices allow the teams to incorporate quality and value in their iterative development cycles.
The previous practices have proven to be valuable for organizations that have harnessed their potential, but few how managed to reap the promised rewards of Agile implementations. Why?One of the main reasons is a recurring obstacle that has hindered organizations’ abilities to fully incorporate Agile practices in their daily routines. - Immunity to change (ITC).
ITC is a term coined by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. It is the difficulty in adopting change in culture, habits and values at an individual, team and organization scope.
As of Dec. 2015 there have been more discussions, blogs and articles written on this subject than any other aspect of Agile. Yet, organizations, teams and individuals are quick to dismiss that this is a problem within their Agile adoption. People are simply not ready to be vulnerable and admit to having difficulty with changing their habits, let alone their culture and mindset.
As an Agile coach I have witnessed ITC in every instance of Agile adoption I have worked with. Why is this? The reason is fairly simple; ITC is present in all of us to certain degrees and at different levels. A strong ITC at any level of the organization will definitely render any Agile adoption difficult.
Accompanying a group of Agile coaches for a round at the local pub can be quite a revealing experience. Stories of ITC at individual, team and organization levels abound. Most of the comments and observations involve middle management’s struggles in adopting an Agile mindset.
ITC in middle management is very present and this can be explained by the fact that we are literally asking them to go against what they have been taught to do for so many years, which is to manage things and resources. For that reason alone I believe Agile adoption to be more difficult for middle managers than other members of the organization. So they may need to be supported and accompanied with as much compassion and attention as other individuals.
So what can be done to reduce the negative impact of ITC in your organization’s adoption of Agile?
Last week I visited Vietnam for the first time and what an experience it was!
Words that come up to describe it are: people, food, motorbikes, simplicity, relaxed, joy and families.
The weekend before the trip I was in a workshop with Wendy Palmer and we experimented with space and the energy that surrounds us. Bringing that with me in the trip allowed me to really feel what was going on, made every street crossing entertaining and invited me to try out whatever came up.
I, also, had the honor to be invited to speak at an Agile community event. I took that opportunity to share a subject that I am passionate about: conflict and the choices we make. It was fun to share and play with what came up with the different groups and, again, I learnt so much from them.
I am really looking forward to my next trip to continue my exploration of that wonderful place in the world.
July 13 2015, we are happy to announce a strategic partnership with SmartDev, a Swiss Agile software development and consulting company based in Vietnam. Our shared intention is to be a catalyst to the growth of people and organizations in Southeast Asia and support them in their journey towards greater Agility.
Our partnership is based on our passion for coaching and Agility, our drive to technical excellence and our will to share our hands-on experience with the community.
This partnership enables the winning combination of a deep experience in Agile transformation, evidence-based stories and world-certificated mentors.
The result, is in an innovative and personalized training and coaching programs that will take our clients on inspiring Agile journeys.
This morning, very early, I met a friend for a fun activity, she invited me to experience whispering to trees. To start she guided me through a mindfulness session in order to get in tune with my senses and slowly move to my heart. When I connected with my heart I felt a lot of peace and freedom; such a nice feeling. My friend then asked me to set my intension from that place and I chose to keep the connection with my heart. Once I opened my eyes everything felt so much sharper and a lot more details were visible to me. My friend then invited me to walk around and have a conversation with the nature around us (we were in a botanical garden so there was a lot of choices).
I slowly wondered around, and connected with plants and trees. It was fantastic to get in touch with some of them and explore what they had to say. The next thing I know I am walking through a bamboo forest and whilst I am exchanging with them I start to feel something in my feet. I noticed that I was walking on small rocks and that the pressure from them was like a massage through my shoes. As I felt so at peace I decided to take off my shoes (my protection) and continue walking. As I continue along the path I pondered what I was experiencing. What I noticed is that even if the path was very bumpy, as I was in such a peaceful place and walking slowly, I could still really enjoy the walk. The massage feeling was actually very nice. I also noticed that I had the choice on how bumpy the path could be as the rocks were organized in such a way that the left side of the path was with bigger rounder rocks and the right side had smaller sharper rocks. Stepping on the left allowed me to continue the walk on a bumpy and more comfortable path. The interesting thing is that I was attracted to be on the right side :)
Along the way I met an old lady that was also enjoying the rocky path, when we got close to each other we both stopped and our eyes connected. We did not exchange words and the smile we had on our faces said it all. I still have her smile in my mind as I am writing.
At the end of the path I put my shoes back on and walked on a much smoother path. What was fun is to still feel the massage of the smaller rocks. I still carry the happiness of having walked through that path and feel like I really loved that bumpy road. I noticed that I am walking much faster and much less attuned to what my feet are feeling. I learnt that in bumpy situations if I want to make the ride more enjoyable I better slow down…like a plane flying through turbulences.
I also learnt that with my heart at peace I can go through anything, enjoy it and see so much more.
The last takeaway of this experience is that I discovered a fantastic reflexology path in a park I often go and for some reason, until today, I had never seen. I feel blessed my friend offered me her time and space. She took me to a wonderful place and it allowed me to really feel the connection to my heart at peace. What a great way to start the weekend!
I wish you all a tremendous weekend.
The 2015 series of the Agile Profile® certification training in Singapore has started.
What is it all about?
The Agile Profile® helps starting a reflection for individuals and teams on their ability to put into action the three fundamental principles of agility: anticipation, cooperation and innovation all the while carrying out a concurrent reflection on the meaning.
This model aims for a reflection on the collective or individual ability to implement those principles, which are key performance factors. It is a model about actions and not about the person. In this, it is different but compatible with a personality profile.
The Agile Profile® plots our agility profile on two levels at which we use the different fundamental positions of agility or agile modes. The first representation shows the self-perception of the agile mode of action. The second one shows the measurement of the agile mode of action when under pressure.
The agile modes are core competencies that are specific to each principles. Innovation is based on how we are open to new ideas and how we share knowledge to support a common goal. Anticipation is based on how we understand our environment, react to change, plan and understand the wake behind our actions. Finally Cooperation is based on how we help each other and how we unselfishly adjust priorities for the sake of the common goal.
The Agile Profile® enables us to understand our own decision and action process both in terms of self-perceived and under pressure agility. Our self-perception promotes our natural ability to be agile (not to confuse with our convictions or desires). Under pressure corresponds to the actions we take when under a great deal of pressure: respecting deadlines, pressure from your hierarchy or other actors… It also helps understanding the collective modes of action to work together on balancing and/or on developing agility in teams.
What can the Agile Profile® be used for?
The Agile Profile® can be used on an individual, team or organizational level. It supports change and performance. The Agile Profile® can be used in initiative such as:
The Agile Profile® brings awareness, curiosity and actions to individuals and teams in order to adapt to an ever more complex environments.