Jayaram Hegde

Jayaram Hegde

Jayaram is an Agile Transformation Coach by Profession and agile enabler by passion. He is an ICF Certified Coach, seasoned agilist and a Transformation consultant who has driven agile transformation at scale within multiple organizations as a change agent, trainer, facilitator, and a coach. 

Jayaram is an active community contributor, participant and speaker at public meetups, gatherings, conferences.

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After working in Agile Transformation engagements closely over past few years one aspect which always fascinated me was the need of having ‘Professional Coaching tool’ to strengthen my journey.

Being an internal Agile Coach and working with Teams/People and Leadership closely, quite often I felt Professional Coaching would be a valuable addition to my ‘Coaching’ toolkit. Considering the future outlook was looking to take up Professional Coaching training program for last year and half.

My Inner Game : Embarking a Personal Transformation Journey

By Jayaram Hegde

 

After working in Agile Transformation engagements closely over past few years one aspect which always fascinated me was the need of having ‘Professional Coaching tool’ to strengthen my journey.

Being an internal Agile Coach and working with Teams/People and Leadership closely, quite often I felt Professional Coaching would be a valuable addition to my ‘Coaching’ toolkit. Considering the future outlook was looking to take up Professional Coaching training program for last year and half.

After kicking off this journey few months back, can definitely sense a shift in me personally when I look back. Be it including the change in thought process and mindset, see myself embarking into personal transformation journey where I am trying to be a better version of ‘my-self’ each passing day.

What has really changed in/around me in this journey?

Self-Awareness (becoming self-aware)

Noticing my emotions,behaviors and triggers causing certain unfavorable responses has been a BIG PLUS in this journey.

Being aware of my triggers & resulting emotions mean I can deliberate in how I can respond to others and to events — which makes it more likely that I can achieve something positive from the situation. By managing emotions and behavior, I can focus on finding solutions instead of dwelling on experiences, and feel more confident in tackling challenges. This doesn’t mean I need to worry about suppressing emotions, for good !

Through all this I can first try to learn from my emotions (input) and process the information internally (record/program), and use that information to choose how to respond/react (output) to situations.

Though working on managing the Triggers and being aware of the resulting emotions is a continuous journey, realized that staying positive, calm and appreciating things is nothing but ‘sheer bliss’.

When I look back, recognize the importance of maintaining calm, non-judgmental & positive frame of mind than reactive & judgmental way of situation management.

The following wonderful quote from Carl R. Rogers — father of Psychotherapy resonate very much at this moment.

 

Authenticity — True to ‘yourself’

During this journey I realized the need of trusting people, because they know what is best for them.

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
― Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being

Recognized, the need to embrace the curiosity, asking more & talking less, being non-judgmental, trusting there abilities, holding yourself back, practicing authenticity and most importantly being aware of yourself (Self-awareness). Then only as a Coach, I can be a sounding board and/or a mirror for the client/coachee to invoke awareness and bring Self-reflection in their way forward path.

Every interaction with people has helped me to become better aware of my thought process, judgments and unconscious/conscious biases. Once I am aware of these elements, very next moment I could navigate myself and look at the person as is.

Focus on the person and not the problem aspect has helped immensely to stay with the person, connect with empathy, appreciate their learning/awareness and in turn helping me to listen better. This only has assisted me to look at myself deeper & deeper with each conversation and practice Active Listening, passion and love/respect to people.

Through this journey, I have come to realize that Coaching approach is here to stay with me. More than a skill or approach it is going to help me in self-exploration, self-discovery, self-realization and self-management.

More importantly I can be a better version of myself, for good!!

 

“we cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.”
― Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person

 

© 2020 by Jayaram Hegde

All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published at https://baa.tco.ac/3ExC

   

 

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