I had a great discussion today with a colleague who’s a coach for Agile Teams. If you’re in high tech, you probably know that Agile is a relatively new methodology which helps teams to deliver products which are much closer to addressing customers’ true needs. It can be quite powerful.
We were talking about what really makes a team powerful. Continue reading When is a team really a team?
I’ve been doing a lot of research recently into the concept of Coaching Supervision, and thought it would be useful to share with you what I’ve learned. This is a concept that’s of great value to any company which is looking to put together a program which includes coaching services, either internal or external.
The fundamental idea is that Coaching Supervision is the way that you maintain the connection between what’s going on with Coach-Client engagements, and the larger goals of your program.
Continue reading Is your coaching program on track?
I was on a great discussion hosted by Kim Clausen today which got me thinking about how one develops relationships over time.
We all recognize the stereotype of the desperate date – the one who’s so clingy and pushy that you look for any way out of a relationship.
Business relationships are like that too. Continue reading Be patient building the relationship!
We spend a lot of time talking about how employees match up with their job needs: hiring the right people for the job, training them, and so on. But let’s think about the reverse for a minute.
The process for doing this is quite straightforward:
- Continue reading Matching the job to the employee
Like everyone else, I’ve been trying to read the tea leaves on the state of the economy. Being an optimist, I tend to focus on signals which indicate that we’re pulling out of this recession.
On balance, though, there’s just a whole lot of uncertainty. Jobs are still going unfilled, coaching contracts are being delayed or even canceled. Companies just aren’t certain enough about the future to be making significant investments in the development of their people.
That’s a mistake, of course. Understandable, but regrettable.
Continue reading Balancing the uncertain economy