Natalie Warnert is founder, president and executive director of Women in Agile Inc., a nonprofit organization which enables diversity and inclusion in the Agile communities worldwide. She is passionate about guiding companies as they design, execute, and support their approach to cultural change as an independent consultant. Her vast thought leadership experience is recognized by her numerous keynotes, podcasts, and publications including being a SAFe framework contributor and creator of the UX Runway. Natalie has earned various accolades including her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, SAFe Program Consultant, Certified Scrum Professional, and Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
In order to build trust, we need to show vulnerability, we need to have trying experiences together, and maybe even get into trouble together (that is what my dad says about why my brother is still close to his high school friends). Vulnerability, however is hard to produce in a work environment without a real moment that causes it. We are taught that emotions are not supposed to be in the workplace, but let’s face it, we’re emotional people. We work for huge parts of our day and sometimes see our co-workers more than our families. So doesn’t that mean we should have plenty of opportunities to build trust? Most of the time new teams, or even teams that have been together for a long time, that trust can be really hard to build or regain if lost.