“Success factors for agile teams –
or how we wrote a book in three days”
10th ESMT/KDVI Coaching Colloquium, Berlin


The ESMT/KDVI Coaching Colloquium is the annual conference for about 50 – 60 invited international senior coaches. The 10th Coaching Colloquium, Dec 14-15, 2018 contained lectures, skill exchange and case supervision about “New leadership? New coaching?” with great discussions around the influence of AI, agility and virtual methods on coaching. Only ten years ago coaching via video conferencing was a no-go. Nowadays it’s standard. How will coaching look like in the near future? Will robots conduct coaching? How important is the human factor for coaching? Disruption is already happening in the coaching business with coaching platforms offering virtual coaching sessions for low price. Coaches must stay open and curious to the digital developments and adapt respective impulses to their work and services.

Brigitta Wurnig conducted a session about “Success factors for agile teams – or how we wrote a book in three days” referring to her experience with her Book Sprint in 2017. Participants benefited from her expertise in digital leadership and its influence on leadership style and team collaboration.

Brigitta explained “Five Success favtors for agile Teams” that BW Coaching derived from their coaching work with teams:

Like in the workshop in Johannesburg in November 2018 participants were very interested in agile methods for teams and the major roadblocks for agile teams. It turned out again that trust remains the key factor for team work and a big ego will distract agile team work.

Manfred Kets de Vries, one of the best coaches worldwide and co-founder of the Coaching Colloquium, shared his longstanding coaching experience and perspective on new leaders. His presence was magnifying, and the coaches learned that at the end of the day also new leaders remain human beings with emotions seeking for success. Not surprising, but again good to be aware that robots can only substitute certain services and humans must enhance their emotional intelligence to make a difference.


ESMT, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany