Author Archives: Steffan Surdek

The distinction between compliance and engagement – agileknowhow.com

The last few years I worked with a lot of teams as an agile coach in many different companies. I have come to notice there is a cycle teams seem to go through to become more cohesive. I also noticed that organizational culture sometimes makes it more difficult for team members to engage in the team building process but up until earlier this year, I was not able to put the right words on what I was seeing.

In some organizations where there is more of a command and control culture and where directivity seems to be the dominant leadership style, I believe one of the key things to understand is the distinction between compliance and engagement.

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Management 3.0 from the bottom up – agileknowhow.com

A few months ago, I delivered a Management 3.0 course for a group of people at one of my consulting clients. I had a mix of team leaders, directors, and general managers in the group. A few weeks after the course, as I was doing my rounds at their office, I bumped into a group of people who attended the course and the trainer/coach in me decided to ask them what they started putting in practice from what they learned in the course.

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Virtual Not Distant Podcast 79: Building Capacity in Teams and Systemic Coaching

In this episode, Pilar talks to Steffan Surdek about building capacity in teams, what is systemic coaching and why he became involved in writing a book about distributed SCRUM.

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Leadership Unleashed Podcast: Agile Leadership for Teams

Steffan Surdek, an organizational coach with Pyxis Technologies, teaches teams to adopt an Agile approach to their workflow. He is the agility master and his focus is on building collaborative teams in software development.

Steffan shares his own pitfalls as a leader and consultant along with his favorite experiential exercises. Listen to hear how to create a safe place to experiment and make mistakes. He helps you learn how to come from a place of non-judgement. They discuss Agile philosophies and the difficulties consultants often face when coaching client organizations to confront their own resistance to change.

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Management 3.0 empowers teams – agileknowhow.com

With a lot of my clients, I see a familiar pattern: employees work in a command and control environment where they are told what to do. The power of these environments is so strong that employees are conditioned to do exactly what they are told and the managers do not even realize they are doing this.

In these environments, when I talk with the managers, they tell me how they need to drive and push their employees to get things done. Employees tell me all about how they cannot show any initiative because it gets squashed by their managers, so they stopped even trying.

This article will explore how Management 3.0 works, among other things, because of how it seeks to empower people.

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