I started listening to a new book. It’s titled “The Warrior Within” by John Little. It’s about Bruce Lee’s philosophy on life which was embodied by his unique style of martial arts. Within the first thirty minutes of listening, I was struck by three things: Bruce admired the works of Alan Watts, a philosopher himself, … Continue reading Becoming Real
You don’t know what you don’t know - Socrates. It’s hard to argue with this maxim. For example, I did not know that this maxim originated from Socrates. That’s one less thing that I don’t know. How many more things do I not know? One’s answer to this question can reveal a lot about one’s … Continue reading It’s All Relative
Most consultants would have you believe that they possess the secrets to your success. I have believed it myself. If a client is going to pay me for having answers to their problems then I had better come up with the answers. Every once in a while, I am reminded that success does not always … Continue reading A Tale of Two Failures
What separates a great performance from an average, ho-hum performance? In a word - “feeling”. Do you feel me? This is true whether you’re watching a virtuoso musical performance or a game of hockey. You can literally feel what the great performers are feeling as they crescendo their craft. Tears flowing down the cheek of … Continue reading Once More With Feeling
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…” from “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare When I was a software development manager, there were moments I loved my job and moments I hated … Continue reading Are You a Pedestrian, Passenger or Pilot?
One of the first practices an Agile Scrum team agrees upon is when they will work together. The time and duration each day, they will interact, collaborate and inspire each other on the team’s backlog of work and its common goals. This includes participating in team meetings, pair programming or simply being available and accessible … Continue reading Core Hours
Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Some believe that Albert Einstein extended this by stating that, “With every problem, there’s a solution; just a matter of taking action.” How could this apply when coaching or helping others? As a coach, I often … Continue reading For Every Action, There Are Many Reactions
“Ramana Maharshi (1869-1950), a great teacher in the yogic tradition, used to say that to attain inner freedom one must continuously and sincerely ask the question ‘Who am I?’ He taught that this was more important than reading books, learning mantras, or going to holy places.” - Michael A. Singer Our experiences define who we … Continue reading Who Am I?
A few years ago, I was about to participate in a virtual meeting. I had arrived early and there was only one other person on the call. She leaned over virtually and whispered to me: “Hey Frank, not sure if you’re aware but your camera is on.” She thought she was doing me a favour … Continue reading What’s Up With Video Hesitancy?
I was recently called an Agile Whisperer by a client. He was referring to my soft-sell pull approach for introducing agility elements into his organization rather than the alternative hard-sell push approach. I was pondering that label of Agile Whisperer as I sat down to watch an episode of The Walking Dead on Netflix. And … Continue reading What Do The Walking Dead and Agile Have In Common?