Intentional Listening Means Being Curious

Are we listening? Maybe. But how?   Chances are good that we don’t think much about how we listen. We just do it as we always have. Maybe when we were younger, we were told to be quiet while someone else was speaking.  Maybe we listen harder when we hear someone purposefully whispering or talking about […]

Designing Your Meetings With Purpose

Your role as facilitator no longer depends on your opinion or even on your expertise about the content. A facilitator has the responsibility to assess the situation, the people and plan productive meetings, all while remaining neutral and staying out of the content.  Your role as facilitator no longer depends on your opinion or even […]

Your Job is to Unlock the Answers Within

Asking powerful questions over giving advice is the foundation of a coaching approach. The days of the rambling monologue are over. Thankfully. Agile team leaders today are expected to stimulate conversation and collaboration. As Forbes Magazine describes, “today’s great leaders understand how to unlock hidden value and unleash creativity and passion with the use of […]

Rich Understanding & Communication for Rich Results

Heineken’s new viral video has an important message about the role that container building and conversation plays in overcoming barriers and conflicts. Check it out… Politics in the United States is providing us with a heightened sense of awareness about our differences. But these kinds of exchanges are not new, we’re just lately watching them […]

TeamCatapult and The Grove Consultants announce Partnership for Virtual Team Facilitation Course

TeamCatapult and The Grove Consultants International have formed a partnership to co-deliver the Virtual Team Facilitation course. The partnership leverages TeamCatapult’s proven core curriculum for agile coaches and leaders and The Grove’s expertise in virtual environments, graphic facilitation and team development.  The launch of this class takes the foundational mindset and skills of agile team […]

Agile Coach: From Accidental to Intentional

From a “Guide” to a Coach My first work as a coach occurred accidentally in the late ‘90s working in a fast-growing software company. Developers and system engineers were rapidly being promoted to management jobs without any previous management experience.  To help them through this transition, I was designated as their guide.  Not realizing this […]

Why Being Wrong Matters

Collaborative Leadership

How you do anything is how you do everything…including how you manage, perceive and continue to lead a team when you’re wrong. Discover why and how you can navigate this professionally and easily. Have you ever been wrong? Ever had that moment of “Wow! I really misjudged that situation…” or “Yikes! I just cut that […]

Agile Team Facilitation: Maintaining Neutrality

  ROI Is in Improved Trust and Collective Intelligence Within the Team This post is the 2nd in a series that dives into the Cornerstones of the Agile Team Facilitation Stance. This element, Maintaining Neutrality, being the toughest to embrace and employ, is where we’ll begin. Ready? The concept In its simplest terms, the role […]

Five Guiding Principles of an Agile Team Facilitation Stance

agile collaboration

Collaboration is a core value in agile. Regardless of the agile framework(s) you use, agile practices require some level of collaboration within teams or between teams, customers and stakeholders. Collaboration is two or more people coming together to co-create something. When collaboration is effective it can have a euphoric feeling of accomplishment, success, trust and […]

Diagnosing and Changing Stuck Patterns in Teams

Changing business patterns

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a conversation having a “Groundhog Day” moment, thinking that you’ve already had this conversation before? As human beings, we’re good at patterns; they get created by the habits we have. Some habits are conscious (we know we’re doing them), while others are unconscious (we’re not aware […]