The next person on the WhoIs list is Vickie Gray. I met Vickie when I went to Texas for my first McCarthy Bootcamp. She was one of my five trainers. Although she technically is not part of THE agile community, I think her mindset is more agile then most of us. She is one of the persons I will ask for help without hesitation. When she does not have time, she will flatout say, without making drama. For that alone I dare to ask her for help more then anyone else. When I asked Jim & Michele over for the first European bootcamp she and her partner Paul helped me out when Jim was prevented from coming. I was again amazed by her use of the Investigate protocol. As our own personal “Wood Come Story” (inside joke for bootcampers) her book Creating Time was released just in time…
What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?
I teach yoga. The whole person approach of yoga changed how I saw myself in the world and influences how I see others, especially my clients. It’s so easy in IT to become just a head, all logic and curiosity, with an occasionally distracting body we drag around. That’s how I lived for years – completely in my head. Finally I was experiencing enough physical problems I couldn’t ignore it any more. Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of approaches to keep my body reasonably healthy and have settled on yoga. And when I teach it keeps me moving forward with my own practice.
What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?
Not being distracted by interesting new things. Innovation is important working with IT and people, and keeping the balance between bleeding edge and patience keeps me focused on what’s important for me and my clients.
What drives you ?
A sense of justice and optimism. I believe we are all capable of so much more than we believe ourselves to be, and we have everything we need right now to be awesome. I’m also attracted to new and shiny things. I’m not afraid of being an early adopter. It’s fascinating to get glimpses of what is possible as it’s emerging.
What is your biggest achievement?
Learning to love someone without reserve.
What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?
Sneaky! That’s my question! How about “How will the world be different because you’re in it?”
And the answer is, the people I touch, and the people they touch, will have an experience of their real potential for greatness, and real, tangible evidence that they can accomplish what they want to. Unequivocally. Every time.
Who do you think I should ask next?