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)


As soon as summer ends…

I know it may sound a little bit obsessive, but I am looking forward to the end of the summer just started, mainly because I am excited about the Sept. 24th-25th Greatness Guild Conference.

Conference theme is “Awesome humans, high-performance teams” and I know it will be a great opportunity to learn and share, especially because the whole conference will use Open Space Technology!

Plus, the conference will be online on the Zoom platform and with free tickets!

If you’re passionate about greatness at work and in relationships, join us. Call for papers is always open and attendance is free!

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!

What do I do for a living?

It is one of those question we often answer implicitly translating it in “what’s your job?” and doing that we adopt a point of view about life as if it had mainly to do with “doing” something and usually just one thing, the one related with getting money. In these frout minutes video I just reflect on what could be a more appropriate answer.
Beware: you will be exposed to my personal interpretation of English! 🙂


Will 2013 welcome you all!

I wish you a great new year with this words by Jim McCarthy:

I Say Welcome

I say welcome over and over to every and all who show me themselves in a way I can understand because their kindness in doing so is lovely. I want more of it, and them, in my world. They are welcome.

I say welcome because for hundreds of years we have been unwelcome in hundreds of ways. Our feelings especially have been taboo, our deepest selves prohibited.

I say welcome because when someone shows they can feel and think at the same time by stating a feeling instead of acting without coherence on it, I am happy that i am safer with this person’s feelings.

I say welcome to maturity in everyday living.

I say welcome: welcome to all of us, even to our feelings and emotional discomfort. Offering welcome to ourselves a million times in a million voices may be just enough to break the spell of having been hushed in countless ways all of our lives. The age-old banishment of the human spirit from our discourse may well be ended with our inviting and welcoming.

My arrival in externality does not happen all at once. Every day i become more convinced by the welcoming of my many welcoming friends that a place for me actually exists in their hearts. I grow to believe just a little more that in that place I will be valued as I actually am within myself, that I am welcome among a group of external us.

The world wide we.

This welcoming world is built of acceptance and encouragement based on mutual comprehension of just a few primitive feelings, and the belief that we all want more virtue, more help, better ideas, and greater results. This world does not unnecessarily demand my silence, nor does it prohibit my cogence and sensation.

I hear welcome. My sorrow, my joy, my anger and my constant fear have been welcomed. I, in fact, am welcome, so I step a little further into my state of visible being.. This new bit of me is welcomed anew as it should be, so a new and a newly seen me moves on.

I glisten with newness.

I throb with acceptance.

I hear welcome, even if at times I fear it is pro forma. I hear welcome to more and more of me, as long as I offer myself in ways comprehensible to you. I hear that I belong in this world. So I keep moving to fulfill my fundamental commitment to be, to create and disclose myself in effective and comprehensive ways.

I hear welcome.

And I say welcome to signal that I accept what you have told me about you.

I say welcome alone, without adornment. Just “Welcome.” I don’t trust the part of me that wants to talk you out being who you are. I want to tell you why you shouldn’t be in any discomfort whatsoever. I want you to stop being sad or mad. I want your fears to stop. I want this cessation of you because I cannot accept that I am feeling these feelings too. Even though they have been supposedly prohibited in me. I say welcome to tell myself to feel, to invite and to love.

I say welcome and welcome again to these our tentatively emergent feelings, because they alone bring infinite supply to a life otherwise mired in shortages.

Welcome is my raised fist. I say welcome as a weapon. I say welcome to nullify the isolation within that leads to the suffering world without. I say welcome to end poverty and war, to make beauty and to topple injustice and repression.

Welcome is my act of rebellion. Welcome is our revolution. Welcome is war.

War against all that I have done and habitually do to repress myself. And you. Then, now and forever.


Jim McCarthy

The core of education

How to coach like a viking

This is the best coaching session ever. It is just one minute long, but it’s perfect. The fact that it is inside a cartoon is just a detail… In this video I try to explain why I consider it a coaching masterpiece.

The original blog post is here

Coaching with my fridge

Sometimes during a coaching session it happens to have a insight that comes from a weird place  and works well for a client. Then you may be tempted to use it again with other clients. In this video I tell the story of one of these and explain why it is not necessarily a good idea.

The original blog post was published here


Conflict and acknowledgement

Have you ever noticed that when we have a conflict, we tend to stay in it? It would seem “rational” to move away or change or even end the relationship (conflict can be painful), but, most of the time we keep insisting on the conflict issue. We usually say that we are negotiating something, but in my experience this is rarely the case. In this video, I try to explain why.

Beyond stories

We all love stories, we feed ourselves with them. As a coach, stories are a powerful tool to elicit emotional states and find resources for clients to be successful. But stories can also have limits: in this video I try to say why.