Agile Atelier

Episode 16: The Art of Coaching with Cheryl Tansey

In today’s episode, I’ll be speaking to Cheryl Tansey, all the way from New Zealand, on the art of coaching. I met Cheryl at a conference in Amsterdam where she was one of the speakers. I was really impressed with her content and presentation and knew that I had to get her on the podcast. Cheryl’s mission is to revolutionize and humanize the way that we work, with a strong focus on individual growth and team development. Cheryl is a rare 2nd generation Agility Coach, and that knowledge and experience becomes very apparent as soon as you have an extended conversation with her.

We kick this episode off with a small surprise that Cheryl had prepared for us! During the episode, we discuss the skillsets needed for a coach and what a prospective career looks like for someone looking to be an Agile Coach. Cheryl and I then get into something that people hear a lot about but may not have a good idea about – what constitutes an Agile mindset and how an Agile Coach can implement and grow that mindset for themselves and others. Towards the latter part of the episode, we chat about how coaches can work with leaders in their organization and a very important and often underrated aspect of coaching – which is self-care. As an Agile Coach myself, I resonated with a lot of things that Cheryl had to say and would highly recommend anyone looking to get into some sort of a coaching role, to give this a listen.

You can connect with Cheryl on her website, LinkedIn or Twitter . Amongst other topics, we touched point on the concept of Antifragility, Kristen Constable’s “Coach approach” method, Claudio Perroni’s definition of Agility, and Lyssa Adkins’s Coaching Competency diagram.

Cheryl’s Energy Tank model
Episode 16 – The Art of Coaching with Cheryl Tansey

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One of the most important things to learn about someone, going into a coaching role, is how do they respond to change. How do they respond to uncertainty? How important is predictability for them? In order to do that, you’ve got to spend time with them.


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