2013-07-22

Business Transformation Coach, Agile Coach, and Open Space Facilitator

Who am I?
I do great things with great people.

I am a Business Transformation Coach, Agile Coach, and Open Space Facilitator. I help people, teams, and organizations understand what they have, discover and align around what they want, and transform from what they have to what they want.

What is a coach?
A coach is a person hired by a team, its owners, or its managers, to help the team get what they want. A coach combines deep understanding of the challenges faced by practitioners in the domain with a broad perspective that allows team members to access expertise from outside the organization, experience new ways of working, and transform from their current state of practice to a greatly improved state. As defined by the International Coaching Federation, “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

Most teams want to improve their skills, abilities, and performance. I help teams do that.

How do I do it?
I use a four step coaching process to help you, the team, transform from what you currently have to what you really want:

1. Understand what you have
2. Discover and align with what you want
3. Transform from what you have to what you want
4. Repeat

1) Understand what you have
You need to understand what you have, where you’re starting from. Your transformation starts with your baseline. What do you have?  How are things going? What is your current state?

I use the best tools to help you understand the current state of your team, including:
These tools reveal the true state of what you have. I help you document and visualize your Existing Conditions in your Change Plan and ensure that it is visible to everyone involved.

2) Discover and align with what you want
If you don’t know what you want, you can’t get there. What do you want? What is your vision? What are your goals? What problems are you trying to solve?

I use the best tools to help your team discover what they really want--your future state--and align around it:
  • Open Space Technology
  • Agile training and other domain-specific training
  • The Core Protocols
  • Facilitated conversations using Non Violent Communication, Dialogue, and other methods
  • Artful Making techniques
  • Interviews and observation as a participant-observer, followed by presentation and discussion
If you’re not all aligned on the same vision, you won’t transform. These tools ensure that you create your vision together, align with it, and are prepared to transform. I help you document and visualize your Goal in your Change Plan and ensure it is visible to everyone involved.

3) Transform from what you have to what you want
Now that you know what you have and what you want--where you are and where you want to be--the transformation begins. How do you get from here to there? I help you build and execute a plan for transforming from what you have to what you want.

I use the best tools to help your team prepare a Tranformation Blueprint outlining how to transform from what you have to what you want.
  • Open Space Technology
  • Agile training and coaching, including Scrum, XP, Agile games, continuous delivery, and more
  • Domain specific training for your field of work
  • The Core Protocols
  • Facilitated conversations using Non Violent Communication, Dialogue, and other methods
  • Innovation Games
  • Artful Making techniques
  • Sociocracy
4) Repeat
After helping your team discover the tools to succeed, I check in periodically using Open Space Technology and other tools to re-evaluate what you have, rediscover, remind, and re-align with what you want, and update and reinforce your Change Plan.

Why does this work?
The Change Plan works because your team builds it and is responsible for executing it. You opt in. You do it because it’s what you want, not because someone forced it on you.

You build the Change Plan yourselves. You do the work to understand what you have--your Existing Conditions; to discover and align with what you want--your Goal; and to build and execute your transformation from what you have to what you want--your Transformation Blueprint.

I coach you through it.

Connect with me
I want to hear from you. Are you ready to transform from what you have to what you want? Are you ready to do great things with great people?

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