Once More With Feeling

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

Are You a Pedestrian, Passenger or Pilot?

“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?

Core Hours

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

For Every Action, There Are Many Reactions

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

Who Am I?

“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?

What’s Up With Video Hesitancy?

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?

What Do The Walking Dead and Agile Have In Common?

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?

Why I Hit the Pause Button

Anna: “But, I thought I was going to learn first?”Dorothée: “Practice beats theory” From the movie, Anna (2019) Most car accidents happen within five minutes of home. In fact, a 2001 survey of 11,000 drivers by Progressive Insurance revealed that 52% occurred within a 5 mile radius and 77% occurred within a 15 mile radius. … Continue reading Why I Hit the Pause Button

You Want Me To Do What?!?

I grew up in a working-class neighbourhood. As a teenager, I took any and all opportunities to make a little spending money. I wasn’t picky about the job. It was either that or shoplift the things I longed for. After being escorted home in a police cruiser following a failed attempt by my brother and … Continue reading You Want Me To Do What?!?