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Personal Motivation as an Agile Coach

Last post 11:13 am May 27, 2023 by Ryan Kent
3 replies
11:47 am May 25, 2023


How do you motivate yourself as an Agile Coach or Scrum Master. Since we always deal with problems.. To solve a problem of course I am not alone,but having just problem started to drain my energy. Are there any advices during work day?

Looking forward to hear questions and answers


02:23 pm May 25, 2023

A good Scrum Master ought to be motivated to reveal but will take care not to resolve.

06:38 pm May 25, 2023

I am very motivated, but my motivation is quite cynical, I need to admit. I am very well paid for being a Scrum master or Product owner. Sorry if it sounds harsh....

Plus Scrum is exiting thing to do(even though some Dutch companies with special talents for creating and multiplying boredom manage to make even the Scrum boring).

11:13 am May 27, 2023

Hi Ezgi,

Focusing in on a few things you said in your post...

we always deal with problems

having just problem started to drain my energy

Is it the constant exposure to problems that is draining your energy? Is it the types of problems present in your organization or situation? Is it that you find that you don't have time for the types of work or activities that energize you when focused solely on problems? We may be able to offer better support with additional context.

Have you read Drive by Daniel Pink? In this book, Daniel talks about motivating factors of Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose. When I think of my own motivation, or the times when I feel less motivated or drained, I come back to these factors.

Mastery is about feeling like you are getting better at things that matter. Sometimes the problems we are revealing and working through as Scrum Masters can become a bit routine, which may not support us in Mastery. If the problems you are facing are not supporting this, what can you learn or develop to help you improve in an area that matters to you. I find learning new things to be energizing, which can be the boost I need when feeling drained.

What is your Purpose? If your work is not aligning to your own Purpose, what can you start doing that does? 

Autonomy speaks to our desire to be self-directed. I am sure there are times when problem demands are being thrust upon you, which can be de-motivating. We may not always be able to control what we do, but often times we can determine how we do it. I find motivation in leveraging my creative side for how I do things. 

Any of this help?

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