Only Courage

Wow.  What an amazing week at Agile 2013!  I met some wonderful people.  People I admire, who inspire me and I hope to be involved with (in some way) for a very long time.  As ever, I have so much running through my head.  I figure it will be at least 2 weeks before I’m able to form one, coherent post.  That said, Courage was the theme of the week for me.

I had lots of friends presenting and was struck at how much courage it takes to get up in front of ALL THOSE PEOPLE and present your whole self and your ideas.  It could be great or….not so much.  Happily, all of them were great but, take a moment to think on what it takes to do that and be so very vulnerable.  Could I do that?  I don’t know.  i’m certainly going to give it a go….at some point.

Also, there were so many coaches and students of Agile who had to have the courage to jump out there and do this – for real.  Having done this myself, I admire those who have been doing it for so long.  It’s a struggle to not just run back to what is known (for me).  There’s nothing easy about leaving security to go out there alone and  give this a go.  It’s risky.

Two people inspired me this week to do something else that takes a great deal of courage – confronting someone about a broken agreement.  I don’t want to do it at all, however, this one broken agreement is tainting my view of other people and what is, quite possibly, a valuable endeavor they’re working on.  What they’re doing also takes a great deal of courage and, due to this broken agreement, I’m not able to honor or appreciate it.  So, this week, I’m going to confront someone (non-violently) about a broken agreement.

I look forward to seeing how all my thoughts form over the next several weeks.  As usual, I’d love to hear any thoughts or comments you may have on this or anything else that’s put here  for your review and consideration.  Finally, many thanks to my co-author, Ed Wehr, for holding down the fort.   You’re awesome, buddy.

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