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Monthly Archives: August 2015


Agile Sustainability – How Sustainable is your Sustainability?

Agile Sustainability – How Sustainable is your Sustainability?

The nature of changed has changed (to a time compressed VUCA World) and with it, so has the challenge of sustainability.  The question we must all be asking these days is:  How Sustainable is our Sustainability? See Kim Gittleson’s article, “Can a Company Live Forever?” in which she says: The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 index ... Read More »


Agile Risk Management … like a Navy Seal

Agile Risk Management … like a Navy Seal

We live in a time-compressed VUCA world, in which the speed of business and pace of change are constantly accelerating, laced with the risks (and opportunities) of increasing turbulence, uncertainty and volatility. If this environment is not managed, it creates chaos. On the battlefield, Navy SEALs thrive in such chaos and uncertainty, and by learning from their experiences, business leaders ... Read More »


What is BitCoin? … and What VUCA Might it Create in Your Business?

What is BitCoin? … and What VUCA Might it Create in Your Business?

Bitcoin is still very ambiguous for most people, me included!  Here are some videos below to help you gain insights to reduce that ambiguity.  My guess is that digital currencies are coming.  They are inevitable and will create a lot of VUCA in all businesses. Read More »


What VUCA Will “The Internet of Things” Create in Your Business? (updated)

What VUCA Will “The Internet of Things” Create in Your Business? (updated)

The internet of everything and anything will make our existing cloud based internet look trivial!  We haven’t even begun to imagine!  What VUCA will it create in your business? Read an interview with Cisco’s John Chambers, from which the headlines are: “The world has now entered a digital era that will be the biggest technology transition ever.” “If you’re a ... Read More »


3D Printing Will Create VUCA in All Businesses

3D Printing Will Create VUCA in All Businesses

If you can 3D print a bridge, a car and a house, imagine the VUCA that 3D printing will create in all businesses.  We haven’t even begun to imagine. … and now 3D printing with concrete! Read More »


The VUCA of Driverless Cars is Coming, Probably Faster & Bigger Than You Think!

The VUCA of Driverless Cars is Coming, Probably Faster & Bigger Than You Think!

Watch this TED Talk video of Chris Umson, Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google, outlining how advanced the technology is already, of how the car sees the road, surrounding traffic, cyclists, school buses, pedestrians, road-works, traffic cops and more, making autonomous decisions about what to do. Self-Driving cars are probably coming a lot faster and bigger than you think.  Chris Umson ... Read More »


Every Agile Leadership on Offshore Oil Rigs

Every Agile Leadership on Offshore Oil Rigs

When speaking, I love to share from my experiences as a Petroleum Engineer working on offshore oil rigs – #2 company person onsite (#1 is called the “Tool-Pusher”) with everyone else being contractor personnel.  This was my first-hand experience of “Everyday Agile Leadership”.  Helicopter out and back, week on and week off, and when you are on its 24/7! Every day we were ... Read More »


Making the Complex Elegantly Simple

Making the Complex Elegantly Simple

Agility is complex and most people over simplify it with stupid simplicity (read more).  That doesn’t end well!  I love to help audiences understand the essence of agility by using examples from my aerospace days – my favorite is the agility of a fighter plane, which is one of the most agile things we can think of.  I always get great feedback ... Read More »


Influencing Those, Who Influence Those, Who Influence Many!

Influencing Those, Who Influence Those, Who Influence Many!

One of the things we say in Vistage is “Influencing Those Who Influence Many“, which is why I love speaking about agility to small groups of CEOs in an interactive workshop setting – influencing CEOs who influence many executives/managers/employees to be more agile as leaders/teams/organizations. It gets even better when I am doing agility workshops with Vistage/TEC Chairs.  Influencing Chairs to ... Read More »


For Vistage: All-City Keynote & Chair Development Workshop

For Vistage: All-City Keynote & Chair Development Workshop

Just back from Argentina where I did a back-to-back 2-day combination in Buenos Aires, of an all-day Chair Development Workshop and a 90-minute all-city Keynote on my core-topic of AGILITY: 1.  All-City Keynote:  “Thriving in Chaos:  The 5 Roles of Everyday Agile Leaders” (with simultaneous translation – hence Spanish elements in the video below – I come on about 45 seconds into ... Read More »