Students: do you want a job as a software engineer?

Getting a job. It can’t be that difficult can it?

Finding a suitable graduate to join our software team. We’re told how students struggle to find work, so it should be easy, right?

Wrong.  Last year we were looking for 4 graduates on our software team – 2 in Edinburgh and 2 in Newbury. I spent a large part of last year reviewing CVs and interviewing, and by September (when I gave up) we had only managed to fill 3 of the positions.

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Last chance to Empower your Team

Are you surrounded by victims? Do you feel surrounded by people who don’t care? Are you always the one who has to pick up the pieces? Are you fed up of inquests when things go wrong?

What if you could find a way to turn all that round?  How would that feel?  How much more could you and your team achieve? Continue reading

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How do we explain Agile?

“No-one wants to be agile. They don’t even want to do agile. They just want to appear agile.” 

“Training companies are propagating a shallow understanding and superficial ways because there is a huge market.”

“We are now seeing second and third generations of misunderstandings from these courses.”

These are all quotes from J.B.Rainsberger’s (@jbrains) closing keynote at Lean Agile Scotland 2014, quoted on Twitter by me, Marc Burgauer (@somesheep) and Liz Keogh (@lunivore) respectively. Continue reading

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Last few days for early-bird on Christopher Avery

The early-bird discount on Christopher Avery’s workshop Leading And Coaching People to Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership in Edinburgh runs out at the end of September.  Get in soon to secure your discount, and use code AGILESCOT14 to get a further £50 discount, bringing it down to £545.  If you miss the early-bird, that code will get you a £100 discount off the standard price, bringing it down to £595.  But hurry – the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay even with these discounts, and that code expires on 31st October.

Book now to secure your discount, and remember to use AGILESCOT14. Continue reading

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Esther Derby Change Artistry – 10th Sep in Edinburgh

Managers have good reasons to ask the people in their organizations to change: they want to get products to market faster, reduce costs, improve quality. Maybe you’ve tried to implement such a change–only to find that people hang onto their old ways. Maybe you’ve asked yourself, ‘Why is it that people resist these reasonable requests to change?’ Continue reading

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Extra tickets released for Lean Agile Scotland 2014

I’ve just heard this from Chris McDermott:

If you haven’t already secured your ticket for Lean Agile Scotland this year I’ve got great news for you.

After the conference sold out last week I was bombarded with requests for extra tickets. So, after discussions with Dynamic Earth and some careful planning we’ve managed to increase the capacity and there are now some extra tickets available. To secure yours head over to our tickets page http://www.leanagilescotland.com/tickets but be quick… there aren’t that many available and they are bound to go fast.

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Discounts on Christopher Avery – get in quick!

Only a few days left for super-early-bird discount on Christopher Avery’s workshop Leading And Coaching People to Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership in Edinburgh on 14th November.  Get in by Friday 5th September to secure a £200 discount, bringing the price down to £495 for the day.

If you miss that, use code AGILESCOT14 to get a £50 discount off the early-bird price, bringing it down to £545, or a £100 discount off the standard price, bringing it down to £595.  But hurry – the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay even with these discounts, and that code expires on 31st October.

Book now to secure your discount, and remember to use AGILESCOT14.

Hope to see you there – I’m already booked on.

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The Leadership Gift™ Program 2015

Leadership. Ownership. Empowerment. Overused buzzwords which I try to avoid – they certainly trigger my bulls**t sensors. After two years in this program, I actually find myself using them in earnest.

It is not overstating things to say that this program has turned my life around. Continue reading

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Leading and Coaching People to Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership – 14th November 2014, Edinburgh

I’m delighted that I’ve managed to persuade Christopher Avery to come to Edinburgh to teach this workshop. This is the first time he has presented it in the UK.

Consider “Pushing Responsibility Down and Empowering the Team” as a short taster.  This workshop expands and builds on that material and will teach you how to lead and coach people to take responsibility and demonstrate ownership.

Do People Around You Waste Valuable Time And Energy NOT Taking Ownership For Obvious and Important Problems?

  • Do you wish people around you would take more ownership for solving problems, rather than wasting valuable time discussing whose problem it is?
  • Do you find your team members sitting back waiting to be told to do what they know should be done?
  • Are you striving to be efficient but lose a lot of time to resistance and defensiveness around you?
  • Are you trying to introduce change, but finding that banging your head on the wall hurts?
  • And what is responsibility, anyway?

Yes – it’s the same intro as for my short taster – this is the full-fat version with all the detail and plenty of chance to practice as well.

When: 14th November 2014
Where: Central Edinburgh (exact venue TBD, but in or around the Royal Mile)
Price: Full price £695. Super-early-bird £495 until 5th September – £200 discount. Early-bird £595 until end September. Book now to secure your discount.

In one fun, action-packed day DISCOVER HOW TO Lead and Coach People to Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership while dramatically reducing cost and time-to-deliver and increasing productivity and sanity.

Applied research over the last twenty-five years on the front lines of leadership about how personal responsibility works in the mind (how we avoid it and take it) now makes it possible for coaches and leaders to understand and teach the mental processes, language, and keys to personal responsibility.

Doing so inspires those around you to demonstrate far greater ownership behavior as individuals, and in teams and enterprises. You will add more value as your team or clients take ownership; practice self-leadership; and learn, correct, and improve more easily, directly, and quickly.

More details and booking form at http://www.christopheravery.com/leading-and-coaching-people-to-take-responsibility-and-demonstrate-ownership-workshopget in now to secure your £200 super-early-bird discount.

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Pushing responsibility down and empowering the team – free session 1st September

What would it be like if people around you would actually take responsibility for finding solutions and getting things done?

  • Do you wish people around you would take more ownership for solving problems, rather than wasting valuable time discussing whose problem it is?
  • Do you find your team members sitting back waiting to be told to do what they know should be done?
  • Are you striving to be efficient but lose a lot of time to resistance and defensiveness around you?
  • Are you trying to introduce change, but finding that banging your head on the wall hurts?
  • And what is responsibility, anyway?

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