Why I love my job as agile coach

Dan Pink gives us three key motivational factors that drives us: Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose. This blog post takes you with me on my journey of exploring why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Let me start with the most important reason why I love my job. It’s my team.

Build projects around motivated individuals.  Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. – Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

That’s so true. Without my team I would not be able to fulfill my purpose. They give me the platform, new impulses, the ability to reflect myself and much more – day-to-day. In the end my team enables me to act autonomously and supports my personal mastery. Let me simply end this homage with one of our core values:

“We never walk alone”

Now let’s have a look at the purpose part – the second reason why I love my job!

Just recently I had this one moment when I realized how much I love my job. Even though it’s tough sometimes.

As an agile coach for the agile team of NovaTec I’ve seen a lot of companies in the meanwhile. Mostly during my two day scrum trainings or individual coaching sessions. This job pushes me more than once a week out of my comfort zone. You’re confronted with new situations, new contexts, new people, different cultures and working environments nearly on a weekly basis. But at the end of the day, you’ve changed the world.. and that’s what its all about – right? What could be a better purpose in your life than changing the world? In fact we all want to change the world but we follow different missions and strategies. If you ask yourself what’s important to you, you can start by playing one round Moving Motivators. My top business motivators for example are Freedom and Purpose.

Every team I coach, every person I talk to, every conversation I have is a possibility to listen and truly understand the topics each individual has to fight with and also a chance to help the other person to develop an idea. An idea to change the world even if  its only in the smallest. That’s why I love my job.

Today we can already see an agile movement in large companies. And they do really not only talk about it. I hear it in every corner (sometimes good things sometimes not so good things). This movement will be slow. And it may not be perfect but at least it’s a small step in the right direction! And somehow I’m part of those small steps. The fact that I can say “Hey, I was part of this movement, I’ve changed the world in a way that enables people to be truly happy” makes me also happy.

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Modern Agile Principles

Agility has become more than just a way to develop complex products (see also Modern Agile). It has become a way of living (I know those words sound so “agile coach”…) and it already always was a mindset. In the meantime I would say “to become agile” comes with the condition “to (be able to) become happy”. Of course happiness is not all (!), but it’s one of the most important reasons for me to be an agile coach – it’s my “why”. To help other people to get happy. So simple as that. Happy workers are the key to value creation to me. Happiness as one of the key ingredients for creativity, innovation, motivation, empathy…

To end this small blog post, I wanted to share a last thought with you:

“Your happiness is determined by how we allocate our attention. What we attend to drives our behavior and it determines our happiness. Attention is the glue that holds our life together.” Paul Dolan

And if you need more than just happiness at work, check out Happy Melly’s 12 steps to happiness!