2020 – what a Year!

2020 is a year about change. So many amazing things are happening and many things that are not at all amazing. I want to talk about what’s going on and what I think about it.

2020 – what a Year! New video log starting…

I want to invite conversations. If you’re interested in talking to me, if you have a challenge, if you have a problem, if you have an interesting topic you want to dive into and explore, let me know! You might be in for a free consultation 🙂

And I want to use this chance and this channel in the future to also let you know what is happening in Olaf’s life and Olaf’s work. I’ve done about 50 Certified “Agile Leadership” trainings in the last three and a half years. It’s been a journey of learning and discovery, and there are lots of content to share.

I’m writing a book, If Agile Is The Solution, I Want My Problem Back. How does that fit? Agile is not the solution, yet I’m certifying people in agile leadership? That’s one area I’m going to talk about, how the apparent dichotomy of certification, agile, solution, and other things, how that is a lot of fun. Leadership is really important to me. Making a difference with intention, that’s something that I help people to do. And responsibility is what emerges when you do that.

I’ve had an interview recently with Christopher Avery. It’s going to be one of the next videos I’m going to publish. I lead conversations about relationships since corona started. Every day at 4:00 p.m., we’re talking about leading relationships in these interesting times. Join us: it’s an amazing group that has emerged and I want to open that up to more people.

Next week, we’re running a course called Mastering Relationships, a really interesting advanced leadership experience that emerged from my collaboration with a therapist that I started last year when I brought P3 to Berlin, a course in emotional literacy and agility. We do that again and they will do it again in Orlando, Florida. So if you’re based in the U.S., as soon as the lockdown is released and we can start travelling again, that’s definitely an interesting option I highly recommend to you.

In Autumn, two courses that I’ve run multiple times will restart. Our TrustTemenos Leadership Academy will open again in September – if you want to be part of a group exploring their identity and intention and leaders over several months, discovering the leader you want to be, join us!

Business Development for Coaches: our School of Coaching Witchcraft and Wizardry will open up again in autumn. Like the previous cohort, I’ll co-lead this with Ken Power. If you want to grow your confidence, courage and magic, if you want to upgrade your business model and develop your ideal customers, come join that course!

I have a mentoring circle for agile coaches, who want to accelerate their growth and learning. Maybe you’re interested in a certification like CEC or CTC. Maybe you just want supervision. Maybe you need community and confrontation, to learn with other coaches?

I would love to stay in touch with you. I would love to be there for you in ways that I haven’t discovered yet. So much at the moment is about reinventing things and creating something new and I would like to find out what kinds of new things to create with you. So to repeat my invitation from the beginning, I want to invite you to conversations. I will occasionally record and publish videos where I talk about important topics, like if agile is the solution, I want my problem back, about leadership, about relationships, about all of the things close to my heart. And I would really prefer those to be conversations. If you know somebody you want me to talk to, let me know. I’ll try to find them and try to get them into a conversation.

I love the new technology for remote conversation and collaboration. I love the new ways and opportunities for connecting that we have and how connecting remotely has become normal now. Remote work is definitely also a topic I’ll talk about. It’s something I’ve done for years, and I find the possibilities amazing. I hope that many of us don’t go back to flying around the planet all the time and to travelling a lot all the time just to get work done. Instead, we can stay where we are, save the resources of the planet, and have more time. I have not been to an airport since February. If you know me, being to an airport has been usually a more than weekly event in my life for far more than 10 years. And I love it.

So if you would like to know more about what I do, stay in touch, subscribe, stay on this list, and I’m looking forward to what we can co-create, what we can develop. I want to build this relationship and I’m really looking forward to it. Let me know what you want to know and let me know if you like this. Stay in touch. Rock on.

Leading Relationships in times of Social Distancing

Leading Relationships in times of Social Distancing

Cross-posted on Medium

Relationships. We see them everywhere.

These are interesting times. A lot of what’s normal isn’t anymore. Many of us are overwhelmed. Many structures we are used to are not there anymore. How we spend our time and whom we spend it with has become radically different. And we didn’t get much time to pause, reflect, and adapt.

I’m a relationship person. I love. I hug. I listen. I empathise. I lead my relationships consciously. And I’m struggling.

When helping leaders improve, I focus on leading relationships. I’ve noticed how what they practice at work helps their private relationships, too. Now, relationships are under stress both at home and at work: we spend either a lot more or a lot less time with people than we are used to. Let’s learn from our struggling. Let’s use this irritating situation to our advantage, to improve our relationships at work, as well as at home.

I’m noticing how my relationship practice helps me in these interesting times. And I’m talking to lots and lots of people who struggle, who have questions. Some are worried, afraid. We need a space, to pause, to listen, to ask the burning questions.

How do we identify the chances and opportunities between the risks, and worries, and fears? How do we thrive from here? How do we flourish?

I’m offering a space for conversations. Starting today, March 25, at 4 pm Berlin time. Link to the Zoom meeting.

How might we lead our relationships in these times of Social Distancing?

I intend to host these conversations every day, from now on, while they are needed and possible.

Some interesting questions

Now that I’m faced with people I love 24 hours per day, and they get on my nerves, what do I do?

Now that I can’t see and feel people as I’m used to, what do I do?

Now that I don’t get to have random beneficial conversations with colleagues at the coffee machine or over lunch, now that I’m missing information and connection that’s essential for collaboration and well-being, what do I do?

Now that I have to sit in front of my computer all day, every day, to do my work, to have social interactions, what do I do?

Now that everything seems to be different, what would we like to have happen?

Who is this for?

Leaders of all kinds and roles.

People overwhelmed with the sudden changes in their day-to-day relationships.

Those of us who feel lonely in quarantine or during lock-down.

Anyone who wants to learn more about relationships.

Coaches who want to help but are distanced from clients who don’t come to the office anymore.

Everyone. Just join us. Use this link to our Zoom meeting.

What is special about this work?

It’s been my privilege to be involved in TrustTemenos leadership work for more than two years now. The work has touched me deeply; I am ever more certain that I want to be ever more actively engaged with it and to help share it with ever more people in the world. I have seen it touch many lives already. I am struck with how consistently people seem inspired by the work and pulled powerfully toward greater engagement.

I’ve been asking myself why this is. What is special about this work?

My answer for today is this: the work’s special quality is the weave of these elements

  • We Invite everyone in the system – especially emergent leaders – to truly connect on a deep level with who they are and what they want – and to help others to do the same
  • We invite people to show up – to bring that sense of who we are and what we want to life in the world – with a blend of boldness and humility
  • We create strong, beautiful containers – we call them Temenos – small, intimate groups where the core of that personal work can happen – with a beautiful mix of trust, safety, support and challenge
  • We call forward – and creatively and elegantly design and work within – the broader set of relationships and contexts in which this work can happen
  • We offer but do not impose a wealth of elegant frameworks, tools and stances for nurturing growth
    • Awareness – including an appreciation of different levels of awareness
    • Attention – including deep listening, seeing, hearing, empathy
    • Intention
    • Ways of being – stances, states of mind
    • Self-expression – creative, generous, loving
    • Transformation – roadmaps
  • We truly care about people – welcoming, caring for and nurturing them and inviting them to care for themselves and others as they bring their magic to life in the world.
  • We – I say we – Olaf and Christine are especially good at this one – have the gentle, loving, believable, inspiring, infectious confidence that all this change and growth can happen for each of us – and in exactly the way that’s needed.

This community is growing rapidly – and internationally. Olaf and Christine have in recent months led programs in the UK, France, Germany, Ukraine, Serbia and Egypt. Our partners in Temenos work are very active in the US and in India. Our participants come from all over Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

If this way of bringing leadership to life calls to you, too, we’d love for you to join us.

In particular, please be invited to join us for Certified Agile Leadership 1, January 18-19 2018 in London, a two-day exploration your own leadership journey, with certification from the Scrum Alliance

and/or …

join the TrustTemenos Leadership Academy – Generation 3, our ten-month leadership deep dive, beginning January 25-27 2018 in Germany

and/or …

write to us at info@trusttemenos.com (or me personally, see below) with your own stories, inquiries, celebrations, needs….

Very best energies for your own amazing, special leadership journey!