Build A Safe Nest And Use It As A Starting Point For New Adventures

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In posts on social media, you’ll often find the statement: “You have to get out of your comfort zone to be successful.” And I’ve heard it from other Agile Coaches, too: “We need to get people out of their comfort zone!”

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch)

But is that really the case? Is change, learning, success only possible by leaving your comfort zone? And what is the comfort zone anyway?

Years ago, I once took a yoga teacher training course. One requirement to pass was to lead kirtan singing at least once, that…

More Than Just Flipping Coins

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Currently, I am facing a tough decision: Do I stay in my current place of residence or do I move abroad. Both options have advantages and disadvantages. Neither is better than the other.
You can decide in many ways: With criteria that you weight and rate, based on your values, or even by flipping a coin. In my article “” I describe how to approach a decision using values. However, this method was not enough for me to make a final decision.

A few days ago, I remembered the “I Ching — the Book…

Why positive thinking alone won’t get you anywhere

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There are many books about positive thinking and thousands of motivational trainers. All of them spread the same philosophy: No matter what situation you are in, think positive, and your wishes will come true.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
(Frank Outlaw)

I have been interested in positive thinking for years, and affirmations are part of my morning routine. Still, when unexpected events happen, I tend to have some negative thoughts.

Last week, I…

Set And Defend Your Personal Boundaries

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Whether at work, in a relationship, with friends, or in leisure time, everyone has personal boundaries that others must not cross. Until now, I always thought I had a good handle on defending my boundaries. But then came the Corona crisis, and with it, government actions. The state has set restrictions that have been unacceptable to me: my red line was crossed. These include, for example: Having to wear something in front of my mouth-nose that makes it difficult to breathe and often contains unhealthy chemicals, times when it is not allowed to leave the apartment (curfews at night), restriction…

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I often meet managers who tell me: “Agility? That’s an old hat! We have been doing this for a long time.”

That something is not quite right becomes apparent when I ask: “Why do you work agile?” Then people look at me with big eyes, and sometimes they say: “That’s the way it is these days. Everyone does it.” That may be, but the reason is a bit thin. …

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Maybe you know the following situations from remote meetings:

  • Someone talks and is on mute.
  • Several people start to talk simultaneously but don’t notice it because there’s a delay.
  • Some backgrounds or illuminations are irritating. Children and pets in the background, it is dark, and the face is hardly recognizable.
  • Someone is suddenly no longer there.
  • Background noise.

The following practices have helped me to feel more comfortable in remote meetings. Maybe they can also help you as well.

  1. Well-equipped workplace
    Get an excellent noise-canceling headset and a webcam.
    It doesn’t have to be professional studio lighting. …

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When I look back at my recent engagements as an Agile Coach, I realize that the most effective ones were the ones where I worked with other Agile Coaches. And indeed, the best results came when I worked very closely with someone as a pair.

Was that just coincidence, or is it an approach that systematically leads to success?

Pair Programming

Working in pairs has a long tradition. is well known and proven. Pair Programming is an technique where two developers work together on a task.

There are two roles: The driver writes the code while the…

Use The Power Of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response To Relax

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Some time ago, I worked as a freelance Agile Coach for a Start-Up. Their office was in a modern building of a coworking provider. In the entrance area, there was a bowl with sand. The first few days, I walked past it, not knowing for what it was. But then I stopped and took it in my hand, played with it, and was utterly amazed: On the one hand, it was so substantial that you could build something with the shapes lying in the bowl, but on the other hand, it flowed through your hands. …

Three Tips To Strengthen Your Resilience

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When I observed the people around me and myself a few months ago, I saw that most people had settled well in their lives. Everything had its time and was organized: Work, children in kindergarten or school, hobbies, vacations, living.

Of course, not everything went perfectly, but they had made provisions for small changes, and nothing could throw them off track so quickly.

Then the Corona crisis with governmental measures has come. Everything has got mixed up: The children are at home, the adults at best in the home office, but in many cases on short-time work or banned from…

Sometimes we are faced with two options that are of equal interest — assessing our values can help us make a decision that we’ll still agree with in the future

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I am currently facing a decision: Move abroad or continue living where I am. It is a difficult decision. And I did what I always do in such cases:

  • Created a spreadsheet.
  • Defined criteria.
  • Assigned a weighting for the criteria.
  • Evaluated the criteria for both options.

There was a winning option, but it was very close. And that close result is also what left me undecided because I’m not 100% convinced of the winning option. So much is also in favor of the alternative. After evaluating the spreadsheet, I’m just as smart as I was before. …

Britta Ollrogge, MBA

I write on Self Improvement 🌱, Productivity 🎯, and Agile Product Development 🏄. My goal is to provide Inspiration.💡

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