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#27: Leading Without Blame with Tricia Broderick

December 07, 2022     32 minutes

Tricia Broderick joins Brian to discuss how to lead without blame.


Vince Lombardi said, “Leaders aren’t born, they are made,” Great leadership is a learned skill, but in companies focused on the blame game, transparency and problem-solving becomes secondary to self-protection.

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor.

Today on the show, Tricia joins Brian to discuss how the blame game stifles great leadership and how the 4Cs can help leaders create safe spaces for highly connected, motivated teams to achieve better results and more impactful outcomes.

Listen now to discover:

[01:37] - Brian introduces us to Tricia Broderick, co-author of the new book, Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams.
[02:36] - Is there a difference between a leader and an Agile leader?
[04:18] - How exposure to the Agile community framework organically promotes leadership.
[06:47] - How the blame game stifles leaders.
[08:28] - When you're afraid of blame, you’re focused on self-protection instead of moving forward.
[09:38] - Why impact is more important than intention and why taking responsibility for your impact is vital.
[11:57] - Tricia shares what we really need for the most creative, quality-based results and outcomes.
[14:43] - Tricia shares why we need to break free from a culture of blame and instead focus on shared goals for quality outcomes.
[16:43] - Tricia shares the 4Cs of leadership.
[17:52] - Great leaders aren’t afraid of complexity; they embrace uncertainty.
[18:37] - Leaders instill confidence in others—having a leader that believes in you before you even believe in yourself has a huge motivating impact.
[19:53] - Brian shares the concept of ‘dark leadership.’
[20:42] - Why compassion is the key to defeating imposter syndrome.
[22:37] - It takes a courageous leader to create a safe space to challenge the status quo and seek out alternative ways for your team to operate.
[25:37] - Why investing yourself personally and compassionately in the personal development of your team members isn't for the weak.
[26:08] - The importance of the investment in a connection.
[26:37] - Tricia shares the biggest takeaway for leaders.
[27:31] - Tricia talks about resilient transparency and the leadership learning curve.

Listen next time when Julie Chickering will be on the show.

References and resources mentioned in the show

Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams
Mountain Goat Software
Agile Mentors Community
Scrum Alliance
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This episode's presenters are:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He's passionate about making a difference in people's day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work.

Tricia Broderick’s transformational leadership, at all levels of an organization, ignites the growth of leaders and high-performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is the author of Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams.