Coach Takeshi’s Insights

Mental Model Dōjō

Coach Takeshi’s coaching journal. Sharing the many mental models that Coach Takeshi actually uses for client sessions.

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The Reflective Leader and Learning Organization Guide

Coach Takeshi’s collection of thoughts on helping leaders use the power of inquiry and introspection for building the mental facility needed in developing Learning Organizations.

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The Lean & Agile Practitioner

Sharing experiments and experiences from work with clients on their Agile organizational transformation journey. Includes work on Agile Scrum, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and all other “experimental and iterative” approaches.

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Knowing to Stop – A Confucius Teaching
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Confucius’ 7 spaces of learning Knowing to stop – is a simple notion but difficult to practice skill. In “Great Learning (大学)”, written around 2,500 years ago by one of his first disciples Zengzi (曾子),... Read More

A Pretty Good Summary of Lean, Agile Scrum
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Glossary: Lean, Agile, Scrum, Sprint, Kanban Consider Lean & Agile as pretty much the same thing, they are basically really good approaches to handling projects with a lot of uncertainties, which is why successful startups... Read More

Scrum Sprint Pilot
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Pilot objective Within the Scrum community, there is abundant writing suggesting that the two main factors of Scrum implementation failure are: (1) sub-optimal team structure at the onset, and (2) the Scrum Team failing to... Read More

Agile 101
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What is agile? Why agile? How do we do agile? What’s the difference between Agile, Scrum, Lean, Design Thinking? Tell me about Scrum. Is agile a fad? What’s the difference between Agile and agility? All... Read More

Coach Takeshi’s Scrum Crash Course
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Learn Scrum the right way! This is a one hour fifty minute condensed version of my otherwise one day Scrum Crash Course that I give to leaders and teams that are about to embark on... Read More

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c2it to follow-through
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As boss, how do we ask our team members “can you see to it?” without sounding hard-pressing and controlling? Getting things done, it’s so hard to seek team members to follow-through, isn’t it. Try “c2it”;... Read More

Coach Takeshi’s Scrum Crash Course
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Learn Scrum the right way! This is a one hour fifty minute condensed version of my otherwise one day Scrum Crash Course that I give to leaders and teams that are about to embark on... Read More

Lay Your Lobster Traps
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It bewilders me. Sitting by a calm sea, single line and hook. No catch for today. That’s okay and probably a really nice day on vacation. But that’s definitely not okay if you’re trying to... Read More

Scrum RACI
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My coachees affectionately call it the avocado. I use this to describe the required boundary conditions and effective organizational support for developing high performing Scrum teams. > Responsible: Scrum Development Team > Accountable: Product Owner... Read More

The Delegation, Empowerment Spectrum
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“I don’t delegate, I empower.” The mantra of the modern enabling manager. I don’t disagree. Though caveat emptor. The delegation, empowerment spectrum is intricate business. Feed a newbie sales person to a lion. They’re going... Read More

Aristotle’s Influence Model
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We use “logos” (rational) too much. It’s “pathos” (empathy), “ethos” (credibility, presence), and “kairos” (right time, right place), in balance. We love convincing and persuading. What’s wrong with being right, right? So, “logos” is our... Read More

The Two Simple Traits of Performing Teams
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What do you do? The dreaded elevator pitch question. I fumble on it every time. Some days I will say that I activate people. One conversation at a time, I activate leaders, teams, organizations. Other... Read More

The Power of Tribes in Agile Organizations
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Social and digital is accelerating the service economy transformation in our world. In the service economy, the competitive advantage is knowledge (including skills and expertise) and connectivity (access to resources – technology is the enabler).... Read More

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