Category Archives: Leadership

Leadership Lessons In Reinventing Yourself And Becoming An Entrepreneur – Forbes.com

Two years ago, I reached a point where I was experiencing borderline burnout for several months. I was the director of the Pyxis consulting team and I was struggling to balance training sessions, clients, business development and other responsibilities. I desperately needed to do something different and get myself out of that environment.

One day, I finally hit my breaking point and decided to leave my team to pursue entrepreneurship. In conversations with management, they offered an interesting alternate proposal: What if I could stay with the company and reinvent myself by having the chance to explore my entrepreneurial side?

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Three Common Misunderstandings Of Self-Organized Teams – Forbes

Part of my consulting work with clients is helping them adopt Agile and lean software development practices, which among other things means fostering and putting in place self-organizing teams.

“Self-organization” can be a very loaded term, and when there is not a discussion within organizations around what this means, teams will typically create their own convenient meaning for it. In some organizations where the culture has a lot of directivity by management teams, I sometimes even see the term “self-organized teams” become weaponized in different ways, which I will tell you more about later.

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13 Leadership Skills You Didn’t Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential – Forbes.com

Leadership skills aren’t stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the ways people lead.

This is one reason leaders need to be constantly updating their skills. If you’re wondering what skills have come into play lately for the modern leader, read on for insights from 13 professional coaches of Forbes Coaches Council.

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Building Capacity In Others As A Co-Creative Leader – Forbes.com

Early in my years as a consultant and change agent in organizations, I noticed a pattern I like to call “the Moses effect”: When I began consulting engagements, there were times where it was almost as if the waters parted upon my arrival, so that the change we were working on could happen.

The problem was that as soon as I walked away, the waters returned to their original bed. I wondered for the longest time why this was happening, and one day the answer came to me. I was not building the capacity in the people that would allow them to sustain the change we were making.

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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

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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

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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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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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