The third episode of The Coaching Agile Teams Mini-Series unpacks a side of Lyssa Adkins you may have never seen before. You hear Leslie Morse comment on the laughter and lightness of the discussion during her opening comments and that comes alive in a real way through the use of metaphors inspired by playground equipment.
During this episode, Leslie and Lyssa unpack not only aspects of Lyssa’s journey to produce the Coaching Agile Teams audiobook but also compare and contrast how she is different from what she was 10 years ago when the book was originally released. Enjoy the story of how Mike Cohn invited her to consider writing a book, how the apprentice coaches she was working with reminded her of things to write down, and how theater inspired her take on the way collaboration shows up in her work.
The grounding theme in their conversation seems to be the centerpoint of a merry-go-round and how it doesn’t actually move. They offer several inquiries and moments of reflection within the metaphor and use it to illustrate many concepts. One of which is Lyssa’s story about how she calls on the wisdom of her body as an early signaling system, and the four step process she uses when she feels tension rise and seeks to remind herself she is in a human body that has lots of wisdom.
Some of our favorite quotes from Lyssa include:
When referencing something her coach said to her, “Who are you to question whether or not you’re the person to write this? Get over yourself and get back to writing!”
“It is as important to repel things as it is to attract them. We all have limited time in the world. Time is the one thing we can’t make more of.”
“This doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be useful.”
When referencing her absolute belief and come-from place, “At any moment there’s a lot going right. What is going right? What is flowing? Do I have anything to add to it?
“I am still learning the same lessons I wrote about 10 years ago, but just in a different octave.”
- Book: Artful Making: What Managers Need to Know About How Artists Work by Robert Austin and Lee Devin
- Behind the Scenes with Lyssa, the Coaching Agile Teams Audiobook Journey – The Perfection Monster: https://youtu.be/ZhyWx7NnNxA
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