My services

Strategic consulting

Training & workshops

Coaching

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Michelle is één brok energie! Met haar passie en drive zorgt ze ervoor dat de zaken geregeld worden. Michelle durft flinke stappen te zetten buiten haar comfort-zone en niet bang om fouten te maken. Ze ziet de potentie van haar collega’s en weet ze te motiveren. Ik heb het altijd heel fijn gevonden om samen te werken met Michelle!

I worked with Michelle and got to know her as a real professional! She is open for feedback, but also willing to give feedback to other people when it is difficult. She is always respectful to people, and willing to help people. She is able to connect with different people, on different levels in the organization. By doing that, being able to build bridges between people and being able to help people on a journey within the organization. She has a very solid knowledge of the Agile way of working. Not just the practices but also for example the required mindset and leadership behavior. In case she doesn’t have the knowledge, she is very eager to learn about it. Michelle is definitely a person with whom I would like to work again in the future.

Michelle is someone who doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone. Her enthusiasm and drive are contagious. With her energy and can-do mentality she challenges her environment to really get results. When faced with resistance an Agile transformation goes with, I admire how she perseveres and stays true with her beliefs. Working with Michelle is a blast! Besides being is a great colleague she is someone you can truly rely on.

Skills

Strategic consulting 75%
Transformation & change management 87%
Training & workshops 70%
Team & leadership coaching 75%

Michelle Siau

Agile transformation coach / Change manager

About me

High Five Coach, that says a lot about who I am and what drives me. I get really exited and passionate about growth. Whenever I see small improvements, there’s a reason to celebrate. If you want to run a marathon, it will have to start with one first step and then the next and the next,…

What I like is to get stuck in difficult transformations, perhaps maybe with a lot of unclarities upfront. Together, we work with a group of people at the start of a project and carve out the most important item at that point and fix it, celebrate it and get others enthusiastic about change, about what’s to come and about what they can already do as individuals and teams.

I believe the following 5 elements make for success in life:

  • Do what you love
  • Surround yourself with people that can help you grow
  • Embrace your growth
  • Celebrate every little success
  • Slice it up, do small things today to help you tomorrow

Strategic consulting

Depending on the maturity of the organisation or team, the following things can be of service:

  • Advice on how to set up a governance to align multiple teams / people towards a goal
  • Set up and organise big room planning sessions, PI planning
  • Implement an inspect and adapt organisation / culture
  • Help organise big demo’s to celebrate and harvest growth
  • Analyse team meetings to advise on more autonomy and ownership

Training & workshops

I´ve given many trainings and florish whilst facilitating workshops or events. Depending on the maturity of the team or individual, training is needed.

  • Already have the content, but need a trainer? Don’t worry of course I will adjust the training slightly, but I’ll make sure the (corporate) language is kept and the goal is reached (taken into account that people want to be in the training of course)
  • Don´t have the content yet, but a very clear idea of what is needed? I will be able to come up with a training/workshop that suits your company style as well as the team.
    • Agile way of working
    • Agile awareness
    • Set up a big room planning, big demo
    • Prioritize on value and effort
    • Organise as a team around a goal and way of working

Coaching

I coach individuals and teams (of coaches). This is done by establishing an initial question, followed by an analysis. Then we look together what is needed to get to the goal of the coachée.
It´s not always possible to coach someone. If you recognize yourself in the following, then you have a growth mindset and probably means you´re coachable.

  • I can learn anything I want to
  • When I get frustrated, I persevere
  • I want to challenge myself
  • When I fail, I learn
  • When you succeed, I´m inspired
  • My effort and attitude is what helps me

Didn´t recognize yourself in all of them? Got inspired though? Then you´re on your way to a growth mindset.

 

How I work

Part of my way of working:

  • Systemic coaching, taking into account the context of the team or individual
  • Goal driven, I like achieving things that help the organisation
  • Team player, we’re in it together
  • Able to adapt, as well on process as on coaching style, depending on the maturity of the team
  • Hands on, I like to get stuck in, in a pragmatic way
  • Playing with balloons.. it’s true, but who doesn’t

Not part of my way of working:

  • Only implementing frameworks, I believe it’s about the mindset and solving problems that occur
  • Endless talking, I’m a pragmatic person, let’s get going and inspect and adapt as we go along

Experience:

  • Professional coach, registered at STIR
  • Driving transformation and change in Agile way of working since November 2017
  • Degrees and hands on experience with SAFe, Scrum, Lean (green belt), Kanban
  • Set up and secured
    • Big room planning like PI Planning event for 1200 employees, also online
    • Knowledge sharing events, like Super Demo (big demo)
    • Multiple meeting structures incl PO sync, Scrum of Scrums, transformation syncs,…
    • Help set up a company cadence, including prioritization, planning, refinement, learning, reviewing

Contact

A website is nice, but in the end, we all want to feel a connection and see if we can actually help each other.
Feel free to contact me through e-mail, WhatsApp, phone or via LinkedIn.
You can also schedule a cup of coffee

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FAQ

This is a list of FAQ, which will be updated when new questions appear

  • Why are you called the high five coach?
    • I believe in celebrating successes, no matter how small. So I kept giving people high fives when cool things happened. They therefor called me the high five coach and I was a speaker at Agile Amsterdam with “The Power of the High Five”. So when I had to think of a name for my business, there was no other name possible 🙂
  • Is a high five really better than a fist bump?!
    • YES! for 3 reasons:
      1. The reason to give a high five is usually something really cool you want to celebrate, so you don’t want to hold back
      2. When the magic clap appears, people look and see happy people enjoying a success
      3. The Oxycontin people make when they see other people being happy, makes them feel like they bond with those people
  • What’s the best way of giving a high five? 
    • Research ongoing, please send an e-mail / whatsapp / phone or book a coffee to discuss and help the research 🙂