Category Archives: Leadership

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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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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The Silent Leadership Crisis – Cutter Consortium

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

There is a silent leadership crisis going on right now in many workplaces around the world. The generation shift taking place in the market and the changing needs of the current workplace, including software development teams moving to Agile and its model of “servant leadership,” are forcing an older generation of leaders to evolve their leadership styles.

This Executive Update explores this leadership crisis from different angles and attempts to point toward areas where leaders can observe their own behaviors and consider new possibilities.

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Le leadership dans une ligue de garage – Lime (French)

Depuis plusieurs années, je joue au hockey dans des ligues de garage près de chez moi. Imaginez un moment une vingtaine d’hommes, dans la quarantaine et plus qui tentent désespérément de créer ce moment personnel de gloire qui passera à répétition dans les bulletins de nouvelles sportives tout en se disant qu’on est « en train de jouer pour le plaisir ». Au cours des dernières années, je me suis souvent posé la question : à quoi doit ressembler le leadership dans une ligue de garage?

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