Learn What an Amazing Mentoring Relationship is Like

 Photo by Liz West

Photo by Liz West

Mentoring relationships can take many different forms. I have a few people I consider mentors, and I do not work alongside them on a daily basis. In fact, most of them do not live in Dallas. It seems like our lives intersect precisely when I need it most, and I gain much from our conversations. They can be my champions, my inspiration, my teachers, and my source of wisdom. When I imagine my future, I find myself borrowing from their examples. This quote from an article about 5 types of mentors captured it beautifully:

The best mentors can help us define and express our inner calling. —Anthony Tjan

That’s a big task for a mentor and one that I take seriously. Part of being an Agile Coach and consultant means mentoring the internal coaching capabilities of an organization—finding the employees who will continue the good work of teaching and coaching others after I’ve left. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching many new Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches over the years, and one of my joys is connecting them to the greater agile community—I especially love catching up with previous clients at meetups and conferences. So when my friend and fellow Dallas-based Agile Coach Chris Murman said he was looking for someone new to be on the Agile Amped podcast, I immediately said, “I have an idea!”

 Noreen, Chris, and Allison at Agile 2018

Noreen, Chris, and Allison at Agile 2018

This podcast episode marks the first for Noreen Emanuel, Agile Coach. She brings empathy to relationships and lights up a room with her positive energy. An avid learner, Noreen embraces new ideas and adapts to change; her servant leadership inspires those around her to do the same. I’ve been fortunate to be her mentor as she begins her agile coaching journey, and we’ve got a formidable partnership. Listen to our conversation with Chris and learn what an amazing mentoring relationship is like from both sides.

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.