What is a guru?
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) a spiritual teacher, especially one who imparts initiation.
synonyms: teacher, tutor, sage, mentor, leader, master, expert, authority, pundit
What did I find on Twitter?
Go to Twitter and search guru. You’re going to find it applied to anything from Agile to Marketing to Love. To be clear, I wasn’t originally looking for a guru. I just noticed it in someone’s profile and was curious who else thought they were one.
After doing some twitter searches, it’s amazing how many people think they are a guru. Seller? Yes. Teacher? Maybe. Master? I think not.
— Derek Huether (@derekhuether) January 4, 2016
My Twitter post on the topic resulted in an enjoyable conversation with Gitte Klitgaard @NativeWired, who describes herself as an Agile addict, hippie and a pirate, Rob Myers @agilecoach, who describes himself as helping people craft worthwhile products and enjoy their careers, and Mike Kaufman @mkaufman811, who describes himself as a ScrumMaster, Agile Evangelist, and Dad.
The four of us participating in the conversation kept it civil and I believe we all got value from it. After our exchange, I would have to say, I’d be quicker to listen to what they had to say than I ever would any of those claiming to be gurus in our space.
Here is a link to part of the conversation.
The question is,
are self-professed gurus in your domain selling, teaching, or actual masters?
I see guru as one of those terms that is grossly overused. If someone said to me something like “Dude, you’re a guru.” I would be flattered by the comment. I just think I’m driven, obsessive, and passionate about improving things and engaging people. But a guru? No.
Thoughts from the community
Do you think the term is overused in the Agile space? Is it overused in other domains? Do you think you’re a guru and grossly underappreciated? I want to know what you think. Add a comment.