Growing as a Person -- the Goo

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Photo by plancas67

While caterpillars are in a chrysalis transforming into butterflies, they become goo.  Yes--goo.  And this image of metamorphosis is often what I think about when I consider transformations.  Big organizational transformations and individual ones.  My personal transformation of becoming a Co-Active Coach.  Many times I've thought, "ugh, I'm in the goo."  Pleasant thought, right?  Makes you feel like you need a shower.

But I don't think that humans or organizations are like butterflies.  We are constantly undergoing changes, both big and small.  We live in a state of being caterpillar + goo + butterfly all at once.  That's rather amazing to consider.  My coach and a few friends have been challenging me recently to go beyond my comfort zone.  And I am quite fortunate to have such folks supporting me to show me where I am a caterpillar, be with me in goo, and highlight where I am a butterfly.  It makes me a better coach for others.  So I ask you: how might more goo enhance your life?

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.