Open Mic: Coaching Up in Your Organization
The term “coaching up” traditionally refers to communication with a supervisor or person above you in the organizational chart. Coaching up strategies can be effective for all levels: Have you ever had a conversation with a boss, product owner, ScrumMaster, or leader that did not go well? Is one of your teammates dropping the ball? Often our instincts tell us to go on the defensive, which may result in the blame game. Instead, when difficult situations happen—or, better yet, when you anticipate them—let superiors know in a polite and helpful manner. They will appreciate your initiative. Jen Wright and Sally Vassalotti will share how to effectively interact with leaders throughout your organization by walking you through real-life scenarios where they have coached up effectively. Try these techniques out in groups and be prepared to share your experiences with us!