The difference between caring and caring enough to do something
Organizations and the people who run them care. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be gainfully employed. But care doesn’t translate into action. Often we fall off track, get caught in red tape, and give into the status quo and learned helplessness.
I help organizations tackle their strategies and practices from a place of caring and understanding that goes beyond what frameworks alone can do. To truly change the behavior of the organization we have to change the people within it and that takes more than just implementing a framework. It takes caring, invitation, inclusivity to implement action, and supportive interaction each step of the journey. Let’s transition together!
What My Clients Say
“Natalie was able to relate many of the complex concepts to stories about real life – her experience or situations she has come in contact with. She is extremely well-read and her passion for the topics really came through in her instructions.”
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Financial services company
“She was a good listener and tried to address any questions succinctly and directly. She was able to present the material in a timely manner and had a great rapport with the class. I was never bored as I have been in other training sessions – her ability to keep the class engaged was very skillful!”
SAFe Class Attendee
Natalie was brought into our organization to analyze how Agile was implemented and was functioning. She interviewed several individuals and groups throughout the organization, provided an in depth analysis, and proposed strategic steps for an implementation plan moving forward. She is very adept at communicating and evoking opinions from individuals at every level of an organization. She has a passion for her work, and at every step of the way, she acknowledged our company needs.
Utility services company
Formerly known as Confessions of a ScrumMaster, my blog has been named as one of the best project management blogs by Capterra and Paymo to name a few.
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I was taught asking someone how much money they made was a rude question. You just don’t do it along with talking about politics and religion and a myriad of other somewhat taboo things. But why? Equal pay day wasn’t that long ago and a contribution to the reason that women don’t get paid as much is because we don’t know that we aren’t…so let’s talk about it! I got the motivation from this great article by Ellen Pao. Check that out for more ideas.Read more
I’ve been accused of being a narcissist before. Not in those exact words, but I will never forget the conversation. I was 25 and a good friend of mine and I were talking. She finally said (in a rare pause of my banter), “Natalie, you always talk about you and never ask about me.” Wow, that one hit hard and I felt guilty and ashamed. I had never thought about it before. I wondered where my baby-boomer parents had gone wrong in raising me as a millennial snowflake (who was nothing but extraordinary) who didn’t know the true definition of meaningful discourse. Ever since then, I’ve put a concerted effort into making sure that I ask the other person I’m talking to questions about themselves. It’s a constant reminder in my awkward conversational brain – “ask them about their day, weekend, year…yeah—that’s perfect!” We often run into a narcissism problem in product development, too, and it can stem from fear and shame.Read more
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