Category Archives: Leadership

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

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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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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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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How learning by doing speeds up learning – Cutter Consortium

This article was published as an Executive Update by the Cutter Consortium in June 2015.

How can we resolve the polarity in organizations between the need for learning versus the need for producing results? How can we foster a culture that allows taking the time to learn and try different approaches despite the ever-present focus on results? This Executive Update explores learning by doing from different angles and attempts to shine a light on various ways that teams and organizations can speed up their learning curve by consciously taking action and learning from the results.

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