Coaching & Design

In this talk Italian with designer Giuseppe (Pino) Mincolelli we have a conversation about what the the professions of coach and designer have in common.
Among other things, we discuss:
human centered design
bechamel
confabulation
people do not know what they want
coaching
goal oriented conversations
mutidisciplinarity
poetry
errors
Eugenio Montale

Freedom or slavery based enterprises?

Freedom or slavery based enterprises?

Here are my friend and mentor Jim McCarthy very valuable reality checks on what’s (or should be) behind Agile and SCRUM methodologies

“In a freedom-based enterprise, there is no accountability for anything at all without agreements. I am not accountable for what you say or think I should do, regardless of who or what you are; I am accountable for that which I have agreed to do.

Slavery, whether or not the slaves are paid money, is characterized by the invariant coerced belief that I *am* accountable for what my “bosses” or “superiors” say I must do, and I suffer and by my sufferance extend all the practices attending thereto.

Inviting, opting in, and all the freedom of walking through the door when invited, or crossing a boundary into a type of institutional or corporate state, is critically important; but it is just a buncha bullshit window dressing if :

1. we have no means to freely decide together the things best left to us to decide;

2. we have no understanding of interpersonal alignment, nor any practices to routinely and frequently create and maintain aligned states;

3. we seek no further development of our personal capabilities for ever-maturing and increasingly intimate collaboration;

4. we form neither vast, nor compelling, nor triumphant visions to share;

5. we seek no further virtue;

6. we surrender all our freedoms on the altar of professionalism and financial security;

7. we neither aggregate our IQs, nor combine our creative energies, nor devotedly pursue together our most sublime passions;

8. and we thereby create a future like our past : a time of terrible discord springing from our own absent nobility.

The issue is not whether agile or scrum and/or their related principalities, *invite* us (or not), critical though that may be; the issue is whether the enterprise in question is a new type of free state or if it persists indefinitely – and with our full compliance – as the slave state it is most likely to be.

(NOTE: Suffering as a type of contemporary wage slave, though real, is not in the same class – or even in the same world – as the suffering that whites have imposed upon blacks via their enslavement of them) (Jim McCarthy, 2018 reprinted with permission, emphasis mine)

 

Something new in 2018 that scared me? Done!

Something new in 2018 that scared me? Done!

Yesterday I started teaching the Certified Competent Coach classes at Julia Stewart’s School of Coaching Mastery.

What’s scaring about that? At least three things:

  1. English is not my first language and I am never satisfied about it
  2. I have been Julia’s student for the same training six years ago (and after that for the Positive Psychology Coach program)
  3. Due to time zone difference, it was 9pm my time: and my English worsens after sunset

Well, I have to say I had a great time instead and I enjoyed a very diverse group of smart and motivated students. So I look forward to continue!

If you are looking for some no-nonsense, state of the art training, check this school (yes, I am advertising it explicitly :-))

Happy 20018!

24 hours of awesome!

24 hours of awesome!

I’ll be speaking at the world’s first Greatness Conference tht will take place Sept 28th, 2017 in Paris. Check the details: http://www.greatnessguild.org/ggcon2017/. Until mid-june you may reserve your spot for free!