Nicole Forsythe on Career Transitions, Agile Coaching, and Antarctic Exploration

That moment when they announce you as a manager, the power dynamic changes instantly. It is like a light switch that goes off. Power is real, and the moment you are blessed with it, your relationship to people changes, and I think it’s worthwhile to not fear it, but it’s worthwhile to notice it, and notice how it has an impact on people.

In this episode Peter and Richard talk with Nicole Forsythe. Nicole is a librarian turned leader of Agile coaches. We discuss a variety of topics including: how work is broken and what to do about it; navigating career transitions; practical advice for agile coaches; and what we can learn from the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. The conversation was interesting and practical, and we’re thrilled to share it.

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

The Leadership Circle
Holacracy at Zappos
Holacracy at the David Allen Company
Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both by Henrik Kniberg
HW Show episode on “User story fatigue”
South by Ernest Shackleton
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Sooner Safer Happier by John Smart
Nicole on LinkedIn

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