Author Archives: Steffan Surdek

Why Understanding Other Perspectives Is A Key Leadership Skill – Forbes.com

In one of the management courses I deliver, as well as with the clients I coach, one of my favorite topics to cover is understanding perspectives.

Participants often tell me this topic is one of their key takeaways. For me, there’s great value in recognizing different perspectives in conversations because these enable us to hear and react to things very differently. One of my close friends often says: “Change how a situation occurs to you, change how you will respond to the situation.”

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Forbes Coaching Council member spotlight – Steffan Surdek

Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful leading business and career coaches. In this spotlight series, we profile our incredible members and share their advice with you. This week: Steffan Surdek.

As consulting principal, corporate trainer, and integral coach at Pyxis Technologies, he helps organizations create and embrace change, and develop more conscious leadership. He also comes from an extensive background in software development and is co-author of the book A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum. Follow him on Twitter @ssurdek.

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Why Leaders Need To Get More Co-Creative – Forbes.com

Over the last few years of working with clients, it’s become clear to me that many leaders have difficulty co-creating with their teams.

According to the annual Gallup poll, over 70% of the American workplace is disengaged. That is both sad and outrageous, but it also says a lot about the management teams we have in organizations and the leadership they bring.

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Journée Agile 2016 – La crise de leadership silencieuse (French)

J’ai eu le plaisir cette année d’être le conférencier principal pour la conférence Journée Agile 2016 à Namur en Belgique. Merci aux organisateurs de m’avoir invité à présenter pour vous!

Voici l’enregistrement vidéo de ma session sur Youtube.

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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