The relationship between and agile coach and an executive must be built on trust, compassion and honesty, otherwise, it’s not going to work. Developing a mentor/mentee relationship takes time and work, but it’s beneficial to all parties involved. As a mentor, an agile coach must have something to teach that the executive is lacking, and the executive must possess the self-awareness to know that s/he needs help solving problems. “You have to be someone that’s there when the going gets tough, because these conversations can be rough. You must cultivate a relationship and a connection that will allow for free, back-and-forth communication, compassion and curiosity,” Hamman says.