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My keynote for 500 people on Thursday at Agile Testing Days in Germany went amazing! I was vulnerable and shared deep from personal and work experiences. Attendees were sharing throughout. Huge love from people in person and on Twitter. I'm feeling humbled and so appreciative for the experience, connections, and people reaching out.

Slides online: bit.ly/1Ptgook - much more in video when available

Search Twitter for #agiletd and @selenadelesie to see dozens of highlights.
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A manager in a class I taught recently asked, "Why do we even need to talk about this? This is all common sense."

I was talking about mindset and principles around people at work. The importance of trusting people, respecting them, and being transparent and open, among other things.

"This is just how it is supposed to be, so why is it in the class material?", my new friend asked.

I agree. It should be this way. Unfortunately, that's not reality for many people (and dare I say, many organizations). That's why we need to talk about it.

If you truly value, respect, and care for people you work with, you behave differently. You communicate differently. You have different expectations about your staff and a healthy place of work.

If you're already there, great!

If not, please listen to learn why PEOPLE AREN'T RESOURCES. They are not commodities, a cog in the machine, a 'replenish-able or replaceable resource'. They are people. People are alive, sentient, feeling, beings.

Without people in your company, you won't have a company you have. Without people being treated incredibly well, you won't have incredible innovation, delighted customers, or a great place to work.

My question to you - how can you improve the care of people in your workplace?
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* I'm giving the Opening Keynote at Agile Day 2016 in New York City on September 15, 2016! Get a glimpse of my topic in this video, then head over to www.agileday2016.org to register today! *

Stop focusing on DOING better... Focus on BEING better. Engage the soul of people, of teams, and your company if you want Agile (or any other approach) to support your success.

If you are lacking soul, you are lacking brilliance. You are lacking creativity, inspiration, and innovation. You won't wow anyone inside or outside of your company.

Work doesn't have to be hard, painful, or a struggle. It can be light, engaging, interesting, and a space of curiosity and connection.

Evoke soul in your workspace by building resiliency, connecting powerfully, get really present in each moment, and inspire the best from yourself and all those around you.
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Highlights on #Transformation From my Expedition to Peru

Why the video break? I went on expedition to Peru. I learned so much from native shamans, medical doctors, multinational executives & coaches, and fellow transformational leaders. Visiting powerful ancient sites like Machu Picchu, Moray, and many others in the Sacred Valley of Peru was incredible!

Some highlights for you on growth and transformation:
- Stop Pushing Agile?! I’m not saying Agile is bad - it can work beautifully! But...
- Get the foundation right, by focusing on what matters.
- What really helps us transform and exceed our goals. How we succeed in our business, our goals, and our lives.
- What tugs at your soul? Do more of that.
- Expand your bubble. Step outside of your comfort zone.

… and, what Shamans can teach us about happiness and success.

Listen in!

Food for thought… how will you step outside your comfort zone at work? What one step will further your journey in being the radiant leader you are meant to be?

I'd love to hear what you will do!

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Selena

#WhyIMissedAgile2016 #leadership #change #agile #growth
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Imagine working more effectively and efficiently as a team. Being more productive. Feeling more like a (functional) family with your team mates.

Utopia?

Not at all.

There is an Italian saying that refers to a theatre company ensemble that plays in the highest order... where every queue and costume change is perfectly met, and every exchange is perfectly matched. These ensembles are said to have mastered the art of breathing in unison.

Have you ever seen a team that always seems to be in flow? Working at high performance? Wowing their customers and stakeholders? LOVING what they do? Moving through challenges with relative ease? A team that seems to be on FIRE? Where things just seem to fall into sync?

Teams like this DO exist. I've witnessed them. I've managed them (Hah! not really... I coached, I guided, I cultivated space for them to emerge). I've coached other teams into this space.

These teams BREATHE IN UNISON.

Whether for yourself, your team, or your company/community, isn’t it time to embark on a new (and delightful) path to higher performance, quality service, and joy in your work?

Watch this video to learn more about the Art of Team Performance, to Breathe in Unison. I suggest three questions to get you started on the path to cultivating this space. Everything will shift when you start with the right foundation.


Note - I can't pronounce or spell the Italian reference I mentioned, as I heard mention of it in passing. If you know what it is, please share. Thank you!
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Are you asked to support and guide changes in your organization?

This is where many managers and leaders find themselves to be... leading without being THE leader.

How can you support change when you are not the bonafide leader? What are the steps you can take to be a guiding light for others -- your staff, your peers, or your management?

Here are 7 tips to get you started in supporting change effectively, strategically, and compassionately:
- map to purpose & values
- understand your role & engage yourself
- supporting leaders while stepping into your personal leadership
- supporting teams with empathy & connect with feelings
- work with the Satir Change Model
- recognizing Decision Fatigue
- growing Change Resiliency

I would love to hear what resonates most for you! What would you like to hear more about?

With gratitude & joy,

Selena
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I share stories. In class, on stage, and in coaching conversations, a story from my journey inevitably flows out to support the people I am with. Some are inspiring. Some are head-shakers. Some are downright surprising. At some point people ask how I navigated particular situations through to success, and how I was able to grow as a leader so quickly.

I love sharing these gold nuggets - my lessons learned in leadership. Some of them I learned the hard way, some came naturally. Either way, I consistently see the benefits in working with these seven keys to impactful leadership. I support clients in applying and integrating them in their own lives and the environments they lead in, to their success.

These seven keys are seemingly simple, yet many people are challenged to apply them without conscious effort. In this video I share these powerful keys to impactful leadership and:
- How to move beyond mediocrity
- The importance of resiliency and steps to build it
- Why giving with an open heart matters
- What love has to do with it
- A simple way to connect deeply with others
- The role of curiosity to escape tunnel vision
- An easy way to be a more inspiring leader

Like what you’ve heard? I’d love to hear how you'll amp up your own leadership.

Have a great leadership story of your own? Share it out, I’d love to learn from you too.

PS. Have you heard? I’m giving a keynote on this topic at StarWest, October 2-7, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. I’d love to see you there! Register at: https://starwest.techwell.com
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Proud Mom moment and a reminder about the power of attitude. A glimpse into the award my son recently won for his soccer season and a conversation I had with a senior manager in a manufacturing company about leadership. They both highlight the importance of mindset. 

Want to be more impactful? Be more successful? 

Every day choose to be a role model. Set an example with your attitude and how you engage with others. Learn as much as you can to keep improving. Find courage to speak up and address what everyone else is avoiding (the elephant in the room). Solve problems collaboratively with others to harness the best outcomes. Do the right thing. And don't be afraid to lose your job - that fear will limit you from giving your all and do your best. 
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Are you too busy to get work done?

Too busy to be the most awesome leader you know you can be? … if only you didn’t have so many demands on your time! … if only your calendar wasn’t filled with meetings all the time!

I’ve been there too.

I’ve been the manager with a calendar overflowing, meetings triple-booked in the same timeslot, and working 60-70 hour weeks for a 40-hour pay rate. I’ve been the person who felt unable to pass anything over to others. I’ve been that as a business owner too.

The problem was, I could never be at my best when I was inundated with all that BUSY. Neither can you.

It can be a challenge to be ‘all you can be’ when feeling overwhelmed, that there is not enough time in the day, and the world just might end if YOU don’t take care of everything on your to-do list.

Give me 16 minutes of your time. Watch this to receive a dose of inspiration and motivation to turn all this around (… unless you love being so busy that you can’t find a moment of peace and a thought for just you).

I share with you:
- The courageous practice of determining what really truly is critical.
- How teaching others to fish allows you to delegate and clear ‘busy’ off your plate.
- Why you need to say no, and the deeper work to understand your resistance in doing so.
- Why high-impact leaders block time off in their calendar.
- The importance of just BEING.
- ... and the awesome benefits I got by taking 3 weeks away from my business this summer.

Create space for peace, quiet, and presence. Allow your inner wisdom to bubble up.

Out of seeming nothingness, will come your genius.
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Thanks for great energy re my latest video 'Stop Pushing Agile'! Much more to say... after I return from holiday Aug 2. <3
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I might be risking my reputation and future work in this video.

Stop pushing Agile already. Stop pushing any process as ‘the’ way to succeed. Just stop.

I’m speaking as a leadership & innovation coach. Perhaps more relevant, as an Agile coach & trainer of 6 years, with 15 years in the software industry.

Process doesn't matter - do Agile, or don't do Agile. Be Agile or not be Agile. I don't care.

I want to see YOU bring the best of yourself to your work, to be your most creative, to step into your personal leadership. I want to see YOUR TEAM and YOUR COMPANY be the same.

Get your foundation right.

People matter, not dogma. Creative expression matters, not control and suppression. Trust enough to let go, so that the how can naturally evolve.

Just show up.
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Feeling frustrated that your organization is still struggling with Agile? Or feeling challenged that your team is not thriving yet? Or maybe you feel stuck in your own life somehow?

Taking a process, method, or practice that works for someone else does not mean it will work for you. The problem is that you can not replicate the secret sauce that actually allowed the other person (company, team) to be successful with the approach that they used.

It's not the process or method that matters. What matters is mindset.

Secret: Mindset matters more than anything else.

Whether you want to turn your life around, your team, or your company, you need to work on the foundation. Get the mindset moving in the right direction, and everything else falls into place.

As a leader, you have a blessed opportunity to guide others and help shape their work experience for the better -- and as a result, their whole lives for the better. Embrace this gift. Step up and lead.
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