When people plunge into unchartered waters of change it can be the most stressful time of their lives. I know how that feels. Having spent the last 12 years as a consultant to large-scale Agile transformations, and in the prior decade as a leader in telecom, I have experienced first-hand the complexities that challenge leaders to develop and execute relevant vision and strategy. My contribution to transformation is informed by my own personal transformation journey, my work with organizational transformations for nearly 25 years, mentoring and coaching leaders, teams, students, and my studies. Early in my management career, launching new divisions and expanding into new markets, I realized that the missing ingredient in the people I was hiring was not technical skills, but rather the professional competencies, leadership traits, and emotional and social intelligence. Eighty percent of career achievements are determined by these skills and begin to take shape at a young age. With a passion for people, relationships and growing emerging leaders, and as a leader to my organization, I decided to study executive coaching and critical professional and life competencies - and that was the beginning of my coaching career. I went on to become certified to work with youth, specifically teen girls, and ran a local business offering programs through local school systems. I spent five years as an adjunct professor at The University of Richmond teaching courses to adults and youth. My executive coaching included clients such as Women in the Press, Capital One, Morgan Stanley, and dozens of others. In 2005, I discovered Agile, a unique fit for my skills and passions, and began working with my first large-scale Agile transformation. For the last 11 years, I have dedicated myself to being an architect of change. Since then my formal credentials include Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), SAFe Agilist (SA), ICAgile, Leadership Circle Certified Practitioner, and I founded the Agile Richmond user group. I also studied in the Organizational Behavior program at Ashford University. I am currently co-founder and President of Trans4mation where my focus is leadership development and organizational agility.
In a word, my life’s work is about transformation. I am wired to help people and systems change, beginning with myself. Drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching organizations, leaders and teams, I have been an organizational change coach and consultant for more than 20 years, working in Fortune 1000 to small businesses. I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformations since 2001, continuing to learn and benefit from many great teachers. Training as an Organizational Systems Coach created a foundation for my approach, as well as in executive coaching, organizational change, systems methods and consciousness transformation. A Co-active leadership program was particularly influential in my own leadership journey, teaching me the difference between intention and impact. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am currently finishing work on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Integral Agile Transformation: Coaching for an Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile Transformation Framework, was released in January 2014.