Tag: Leadership

Demonstrating Leadership

Demonstrating Leadership

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, we’re already feeling its impact.  You can’t find batteries, milk, toilet paper, or bread anywhere. The only thing I went out looking for yesterday was coffee.  Strangely enough, I didn’t have to fight anyone for it. It was interesting to watch people and see how they handled the stress…

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What is Fist of Five?

What is Fist of Five?

Why It doesn’t matter if I’m teaching a class or coaching a team.  When the moment comes, I need a quick way for a team to come to a decision.  Why should the team decide and not me?  From the seven standard leadership styles, I see consensus as the most appropriate for an empowered team.  If the team is not…

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Social Norms at Work

Social Norms at Work

I recently gave a talk in Michigan on the topic of servant-leadership.  Unfortunately, servant-leadership is something that is painfully absent in so many organizations.  Just a few years ago, it (servant-leadership) was not something I had even heard of.  Going back and reviewing the PMBOK made me realize two glaring omissions.  There is a lack…

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Busy Week Ahead

Busy Week Ahead

If you don’t hear from me for a few days, here’s why.  Tonight I’m headed to the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) Washington DC Area Chapter event. The topic? Using Scrum to avoid bad CMMI Implementations (Presented by Jeff Sutherland). Yes, that’s right! Jeff “creator of Scrum and signer of the Agile Manifesto” Sutherland. I…

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APLN DC Event Wrap-up

APLN DC Event Wrap-up

Last night I attended my first APLN (Agile Project Leadership Network) event.  The speaker was none other than David Bland of the Scrumology website.  Some of you may also recognize David from his posts on Agile Zone or from him speaking at Agile 2010.  David did a great job talking about Distributed ScrumMasters.  He was very engaging and…

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Zombie Leadership

Zombie Leadership

I just had an hour long conversation with a colleague about leadership.  We both agreed when you’re working under the authority of a good or bad leader, you know it.  We also agreed that we would rather deal with a bad leader with a mission than have a complete absence of leadership. If you are working toward a goal,…

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