The following autobiographical interview is taken from the Medika.life health and wellness publication and repurposed for Medium.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you born, and do you still live in your birth country? Tell us a little about your family and what made you choose your current field.
Hello and welcome! My name is Lisa Bradburn; let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in the north end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. …
Over the past few years, I’ve spoken with countless Business Analysts who express confusion over where they fit into their agile work environment.
Agile Transformations focus primarily on adopting and cultivating specific roles and corresponding responsibilities pending on the chosen framework.
For example, in Scrum, importance is placed on the Product Owner and Scrum Master, and in Kanban, two relevant positions are the Service Delivery Manager and Service Release Manager. No agile framework nor renowned governing bodies such as Scrum.org or ScrumAlliance.org addresses a Business Analyst's role. No wonder BAs are in the dark!
The second challenge Business Analysts face…
Are you a grass, tree, or forest person?
In a recent work session, one of my esteemed colleagues, Hemal Trivedi, brought forth his riveting question. For some context, Hemal and I work for the same organization in an agile leadership capacity and are currently involved with a large-scale agile and product transformation.
Hemal piqued my curiosity, and I wanted to understand his question further, so he graciously obliged when I asked if we could dive deeper into his concept. …
Can we be traumatized even if we’ve had a “nice” life?
People often think we have to suffer from childhood abuse or the war to have trauma. However, this is not true.
Trauma is caused by being overwhelmed and feeling powerless. While the concept is relatively subjective, some good examples are that when we’re young and vulnerable, many things, such as removing love or harsh criticism, can seem existentially threatening.
The truth is none of us get through life without these types of experiences, and we all have “trauma” to some degree.
Let’s review a simplified version of the trauma…
Have you ever said yes to too many opportunities until you stop and realize that life doesn’t provide enough hours in the day to accommodate all those “yes’s” you’ve committed to?
I am one of those people. And I guarantee I’m not alone.
While I have written extensively on the topic of over-achievement, the latest being Are You Drowning From Burnout? I Did. Here’s How I Swam Ashore; what I am experiencing today is a continuation of the awareness process when overcommitment and overachievement are happening at the moment.
How can we catch ourselves before it is too late? How…
In the winter of 2018, I went on a ski trip with a girlfriend to the frigid slopes of Mont St. Anne, north of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. One evening we ventured out of the resort and visited a local hot spring with delightful pools of various temperatures to rest and relax weary bones.
Upon entering a hot tub, my girlfriend, whom we'll call Joni for the sake of the story, and I met a young man alone in the waters. Upon chatting further, the handsome guy, ten years our junior, is a ski instructor and part-time Professor of Economics…
Donald W. Winnicott, an English pediatrician, and psychoanalyst first introduced the theory of False-self and True-Self in 1960. In our final, Part Three story, we delve into Winnicott’s Christian, Wesleyan upbringing and how his False-Self, True Self theory was impacted by his belief system despite the psychoanalyst’s intention for his concepts to remain secular. We conclude by examining universal truths found within Winnicott’s theory.
First, let’s perform a quick recap of Part One and Two.
Thank you, Paul!
I think how we approach the topic matters and you may find writing about your experience therapeutic. For me, it is recognizing and honoring the suffering of others while keeping space for my own interpretation.
There are also universal and positive truths for everyone — for example, fewer cars on the road meant lower pollution levels regardless if you caught Covid or not.
Was our old way of living actually working? Not so much. I think Covid is a wake-up call for humans to evaluate our lifestyles and the direct impact each of us has on the environment.
Hope I can read your story soon! Wishing you the best — Lisa
Self-care is a buzzword thrown around haphazardly these days, generating mixed reactions depending on who you talk to. However, the term holds relevance in the therapeutic and coaching community. How can a therapist or coach have safe and effective use of themself while engaging with clients? Enter the acronym “SEUS.”
The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) coined the term SEUS as safe and effective use of self, a core competency required to become a psychotherapist, which includes:
In July and August 2021, I supported the activation of two new Agile Product Delivery Teams within the organization I work for. Here was the perfect opportunity to kick start our groups using a co-created mechanism for how we want to behave and work together.
However, when it came to selecting the method to discover our mutually agreed upon behaviors, I chose to utilize a Design Alliance and Team Norms. What are these documents and why leverage both?
A Design Alliance is a behavioral interaction model that surrounds the team and speaks to how it will perform its work. …