Connecting the Dots on Agile, Org Culture, Personal Growth & Temenos

Connecting the Dots on Agile, Org Culture, Personal Growth & Temenos

A friend of mine asked me what is going on with all this touchy-feely people and personal growth stuff - "What's it got to do with Agile?" My answer: everything! So this post ties together: Agile, High-Performance Culture with People skills and Temenos Workshop among others. Here is my current roadmap of focus areas related [...] Continue reading »
Temenos: Containers for Growing Relationships

Temenos: Containers for Growing Relationships

"If we're serious about exploring the world around us, we have to explore the world within us." - Ken Robinson (Joint post with Olaf Lewitz - Temenos Series) The Temenos container provides a powerful mental model for understanding and improving relationships with others. Often we do not consider the larger context of the situations we are in. When we explicitly [...] Continue reading »
Temenos – A Workshop for Healing, Connection and Relational Flow

Temenos – A Workshop for Healing, Connection and Relational Flow

(Joint post with Olaf Lewitz) What is Temenos? Temenos is also the name of a special kind of experiential laboratory (usually delivered as a weekend lab) that Siraj Sirajuddin has created over many years integrating diverse influences. He’s been using these labs to support lean and agile transformations in his practice as an Organisational Transformation Mentor. In a [...] Continue reading »
Anatomy of Peace – A Model for Communication

Anatomy of Peace – A Model for Communication

The Anatomy of Peace is a deeply insightful book about how our default thinking processes lead us to conflict with others and reveals a path towards peace. Our relationships with others form the foundation of our reality. Sadly, we are habituated on twisting and distorting our "reality" of these relationships to protect our ego. The [...] Continue reading »
Personal Transformation is the Heart of Organizational Transformation

Personal Transformation is the Heart of Organizational Transformation

In a recent post I talked about the nature of transformation as personal activity and the need for leaders to go first. But, how do we as change artists and leaders go first? Traditionally we think about learning skills and capabilities to effect change. We learn models and frameworks. We learn facilitation techniques. We learn new [...] Continue reading »
Lululemon – A Stellar Example of Break-Through Organizational Culture

Lululemon – A Stellar Example of Break-Through Organizational Culture

Christine Day, the CEO of Lululemon, gave a compelling account at the Toronto Board of Trade of how Lululemon uses culture as a core competitive advantage. It is woven into the fabric of every interaction and decision, not a bunch of meaningless posters on the wall. Sadly, there is no book yet. But when there [...] Continue reading »
Relatedness trumps Responsibility, Accountability

Relatedness trumps Responsibility, Accountability

Relatedness is the heart of high-performing teams and organizations. As stated in the Agile Manifesto, focus on “Individuals and Interactions" is essential. How we relate to ourselves and others is central to creating and maintaining effective and valuable systems. There are many mental frames that are used to discuss organizational culture and performance. In this [...] Continue reading »