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!

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!

High Performance Teams

Your team can be ten times better.

What does that mean? That means your professional team can accomplish 10x more work, do it with 10x more quality, 10x faster, or with 10x fewer resources. Your family can be 10x happier. Your school can be 10x more effective at helping people learn. Your community group can be 10x better at making life better for the people it serves. Even you yourself can be 10x more effective at getting what you want.

In other words, you can be great. Your team can be great.

Can you say these things about your teams?

  1. My projects are completed effortlessly on schedule and within budget every time.
  2. Every team I’ve ever been on has shared a vision.
  3. In meetings, we only ever do what will get results.
  4. No one blames “management” or anyone else if they don’t get what they want.
  5. Everybody shares their best ideas right away.
  6. Ideas are immediately unanimously approved, improved, or rejected by the team.
  7. Action on approved ideas begins immediately.
  8. Conflict is always resolved swiftly and productively.

The Core Protocols are one way to make teams that have these characteristics.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Results-oriented behaviors
  • How to enter a state of shared vision with a team and stay there
  • How to create trust on a team
  • How to stay rational and healthy
  • How to make team decisions effectively
  • How to move quickly and with high quality towards the team’s goals

This 30-second video summarizes the experience.


This is a Pay What You Can course. Pay What You Can courses are a gift designed to spread Good wide and far by making skills and knowledge available to all. Pay What You Can courses:

  • are taught at cost, and the cost is fully disclosed.
  • always have an option to pay 0.
  • are a framework that can be used by all course facilitators.

Our estimated cost to produce the course for 12 students is €1220, or €102 per student:

  • Richard’s travel from London to Milan: €126
  • Richard’s travel home from Milan to Boston: €596
  • Richard’s meals: €200
  • Richard’s hotel: €0
  • Local transit for the facilitators: €100
  • Venue rental: €150
  • Books for participants (€4 per book): €48
  • Total estimated cost: €1220

Full price for this course is €350.


Architecting culture

Culture is just another name for behaviors’ recipes.

Culture in teams can be hacked as any other device in order to get better performances.

In this video I discuss the idea of changing team and organizations culture both ways: changing behaviors and changing rules.

Bootcamp Europe – Fall 2016


“Joy and misery: that is the difference between being in a group with shared vision and one that has none. “

(“Software For Your Head – Jim & Michele McCarthy”)

Greatness Guild proudly presents the Core Protocols BootCamp – the experiential learning is intended for anyone who wants to work in the environment of excellence.

This is a rare opportunity that TCP Bootcamp is conducted by its authors Jim and Michele McCarthy

Participants will learn the language of efficient teams and to master usage of the Core Protocols, a brilliant team building method developed by Jim and Michele McCarthy over 20 years ago and tested and used by hundreds of great teams since.

Thursday, October 27th to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Golf & Country Valcurone Momperone (AL), Italy

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Join me in Prague!

Managing emotions is an illusion.


instead, you can create and transmit emotions as a way to increase freedom.

Emotions are fuel used by human beings to make decisions and choices. But, when it comes to emotion in teams we often treat them as a byproduct of team activity or we pay attention to them only when it seems that any other “rational approach” fails (usually in conflicts). Only at that point we start talking about “managing” emotions. This session propose ways to use emotions effectively to fuel every moment of team activities. Forget managing and start using them. Teams are systems too complex for applying mechanistic rules but not enough complex for applying statistic approaches. This leaves team coaches with the problem of finding tools capable of navigating team performance complexities. In this session I propose that effective, consistent and pervasive use of emotions can boost  team performance and help to keep the performance at a costant level. My goal in this session is to provoke fresh thoughts about the role of emotions in team performance. We’ll see how emotions are necessary to understand any team development process model and we’ll apply them to well known team development models. We’ll experiment with a basic set of team protocols capable of activating and processing emotional information in a team.

Escape top emotional intelligence traps and hack team culture


What happens to emotional IQ in a team? Answer is in the way we use language and body to create our experience and culture.

In this session I discuss the way we use our language and our bodies when we want to achieve something. I will propose that anything we want achieve,as an individual or as a team, is always achieved in a relational space and that the precondition for any kind of achievement stays in consciously working inside the relationship and needs a basic ingredient: integrity. Integrity is easily defined but difficultly gained and kept, mainly because of the eleven misconceptions we will address in the session.

We will learn how to connect emotional intelligence theory with clean linguistic and cognitive practices. We’ll experiment simple techniques to leverage emotions in any goal-oriented setting, be it their work, their teamwork or their relationships. Also we’ll learn to convert common misconceptions about emotions in powerful, mindset changing behaviors.

Escape top emotional intelligence traps and create freedom in teams

What happens to emotional IQ in a daily practice to pursue freedom? Answer is in the way we use language and body.

In the session attendees will learn how to connect emotional intelligence theory with clean linguistic and cognitive practices. They will experiment simple techniques to leverage emotions in any goal-oriented setting, be it their work, their teamwork or their relationships. They will learn also to convert very common misconceptions about emotions in powerful, mindset changing and practical behaviors. The tools that we’ll use in the session are language and body. We will learn that language can be effective or not in emotional intelligence, depending on how we use it (and we’ll see the four main uses of language) and also that speech and body are not alternative means of getting things done and goals achieved.


imagesWhatever your situation is, being able to speak in public is essential to success. Whether you are on a stage, in front of a classroom, a court or presiding a board meeting, in order to truly teach, inform, persuade, or defend, your success will depend on your conviction and confidence. Though many of us suffer from a deep fear of public speaking, all it takes is confidence that can be acquired through the right techniques, practice and deep knowledge and passion about your topic.
In this course you will learn how to prepare yourself for public speaking as well as how to organize your facts into an appealing story and how to sparingly weave your personal experience into your speech in order to endear yourself to the audience.

This course will include 5 main points as follows:

1. Facing stage fright: Pin pointing and isolating the uncomfortable areas for the client and addressing them. The easiest way to achieve a high performance as a public speaker, as in any other areas of life, is to make friends and give our inner monsters a name, a face and shape and a reason to befriend it.

2. Creating trust: Coaching strengths and values related to the content of the speech. Your speech needs to be a story with a beginning (30 seconds is the ideal pitch) a middle and a banging end (better still if the words are the same as the beginning) It needs to be a story near to your heart that people will be interested in hearing because there needs to be passion and meaning woven into it. These ingredients are directly linked to your strong points and values.

3. Your best self: Considering body language and voice intonation. Listen to your voice and how it sounds, feel where the music of the voice and the silences resonates and dance with it as you would to your favorite music. Be your authentic self and you will be authentic and credible. Find your humorous voice.

4. Becoming a performer: Practicing self confidence onstage, and conquering the audience. People are the same as everybody you know. Treat them with respect and show tou vulnerability to conquer their hearts. You know how to do that, you’ve done it a million times. Focus on your audience and share that vision you are up there to deliver.

5. Ready to shine: Rehearsing to perfection. Time wasted in traffic? In a cue at the supermarket? Not at all. Feel your self confidence bubble up while your brushing your teeth and imagining the standing ovation. Trust yourself and so will your audience.