- I thought this story might be of interest to a few people.I had a conversation yesterday about co-location of teams, with a friend who owns a biotech company. He told me that his research team are located on the east coast, while the management team are here in Palo Alto. They communicate through conference calls.My experience of conference calls is generally very negative; they are no substitute for face to face communication. But what he told me next was very interesting - in fact, fascinating and wonderful.The participants of the call have learned, slowly, over the past two years, to allow and value silence on these calls. Periods of silence of up to 15-20 minutes are not uncommon. They have found that this respect of silence produces huge increases in creativity and allows deeper exploration of new ideas and potential solutions.Silence is hard enough in a face-to-face meeting. The concept of sitting on a conference call and not speaking, but just allowing the process to unfurl and ideas to take shape, is mind-blowing. It seems to take the concept of trust to a new level. A climate of deep-rooted trust and respect, and a complete absence of fear must prevail there. How does one cultivate that, I wonder.This may not have much to do with practicing Scrum - but, then again... aren't we trying to foster trust, as a core value, within teams and organizations? Does anyone here have experience of a culture where that level of trust exists? Or have you been part of its creation? I'd be very interested in hearing more about it.Tobias
- Hi Ron,
I'm glad you found my post stimulating. See comments:
--- In email@example.com, Ron Jeffries
> On Friday, January 6, 2006, at 1:53:31 AM, Paul Beckford wrote:
> > I mentioned two value thinking in my last post. The words fear and
> > have been mentioned several times, there are alternatives. For exampleJust a
> > discernment, neither fear or trust or judgement for that matter.
> > calm acceptence of what is and what is known, without judgement orfear
> > or unquestioning trust.Yes, the term judgement has a conitation that implies coming to a
> Very interesting point, Paul. I often recognize fear in team
> situations, and have had the habit of referring to it by that term.
> I generally try to replace fear with what Beck called "courage" in
> the XP values, which I take to be a bit stronger than mere
> acceptance, in that it is founded in readiness and preparation for
> the situation.
> Like you, I do not see trust as the necessary "replacement" for
> fear, or even as a desirable one.
> Judgment is a term that troubles some people, as they see judging as
> somehow bad. I myself do not, seeing it more as an ongoing process
> of observing and sorting out reality.
quick decision without obtaining all the facts. For example in the
sentence "Don't judge me, after all you don't know me". In this sense
then judgement can imply two value thinking, viewing the world in
black and white and omitting the possibility of grey. I understand how
you use the term judgement and I tend to agree. Using the term
"discernment" can avoid the negative conitations associated with the
>Yes, those sents are cultural I believe. In the West any talk of
> Your use of the term "discernment" is interesting, and I would say
> that by my understanding of the word, it feels right for the
> replacement of either trust or fear with a better state.
> Unfortunately (in my view) the term has become imbued with religious
> connotations that trouble me a bit with respect to its potential use
> in team situations.
> My plan is to try to ignore those scents and experiment with using
> the term. I think it better expresses some of my thinking than
> whatever words I have been using in the past.
spirituality or spiritual teaching is quickly related to Religion and
I guess it's got to do with our Judo-Christian heritage. In some
cultures spiritual ideas are not related to religion at all. For
example I'm sure that native Americans would refer to these ideas as
> So thanks!
> > How do we get to this state? Well to be free of fear implies inner
>Yes, I'm sure there are other ways. The ones I know about all tend to
> Is inner peace the only way to be free of fear? I would think not.
> It's a good way, though.
be related. For example it is difficult to achieve a sense of inner
peace, without some degree of inner strength (or courage as you would
I'm glad you found this useful. There are more gems of wisdom on the
Brahma Kumaris website for those with an open mind.
> Ron Jeffries
> Knowledge must come through action;
> you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial. -- Sophocles