“You really want to do something? Walk into a predominantly black university offered to do a free class for the business students or whatever students. Do a free CSM. Two days, it’s time. It’s not about, ‘can you give me money?’ Nobody wants a handout. Can you give me your time? Go mentor somebody.
Johanna Rothman, an expert in product management, gives the audience of the Best Agile Articles Conference some tips about working with distributed agile teams in the age of remote work.
A common belief is that the difference between coaching and managing is simply asking questions rather than giving orders. I used to believe this. Instead of making decisions for my teams and telling them what to do I would ask them questions and get them to derive their own solutions. I thought that meant I was coaching. But the more I got into coaching the more I really wanted to make sure I was doing it right and being effective. So, over the past two years I have invested in myself and in my craft. I have learned everything I can about professional coaching and gotten mentoring by master coaches.
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