by Gitte Klitgaard

You have to be brave in order to change the world! What does this have to do with me? I just want to do my job – not change the world.

At work we face challenges all the time that require courage; from asking for help to quitting your job; from admitting a mistake to saying that you did something good.

Being brave and vulnerable is necessary. Standing by who you are, having the courage to be different, making yourself vulnerable, speaking up when there is something important to you, sharing your fears and joys requires courage.

Courage is individual and there is no such thing as a little courage. Being brave is not about removing fear or not being afraid – it is about doing what is necessary even when you are afraid.

I live this personally; I have to be brave (even have a tattoo with it). And it is a big learning I try to pass on to the people, I coach. In my session I will talk about why I have to be brave and vulnerable, give examples of how I am courageous, and why being brave is a big part of my worklife and of being agile…


Gitte Klitgaard

Gitte Klitgaard

Gitte Klitgaard is an Agile Coach, Pirate, Dragon Lady, Hugger, friend, and much more. She is agile; live it and love it. She has taken the oath of non-allegiance. Gitte has more than 10 years experience in different aspects of software development and is currently working with Agile and people. She wants to make the world a better place, and to change the world by helping people in their work life. She is a geek and very passionate about a lot of stuff 🙂

Past talks:
XP2013: Be brave
Agile Prague 2013: Be Brave
OOP 2014: Be Brave
Booster 2014: Courage and Bravery (workshop with Torbjörn Gyllebring)
ACE 2014: Why is change so hard (With Lilian Nijboer)
Lean Agile Scotland 2014: Stress and depression – a taboo in our time – how love for your work can hurt you
Upcoming talks:
RallyOn London 2014: How love for your work can hurt you
XP days Benelux 2014: What happened to the why? (with Sebastian Lang)
XP days Benelux 2014: Courage and Bravery (workshop)
Oredev 2014: Be Brave and vulnerable
Oredev 2014: Retrospectives are boring and useless – or are they?
OOP 2015: Courage and Bravery (workshop with Torbjörn Gyllebring)