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Monthly Archives: August 2016


AGILE Airline: Qantas

AGILE Airline:  Qantas

As reported by the BBC:  Qantas airline soars to record profit after restructuring in which they quote CEO Alan Joyce: Transformation has made us a more AGILE business, created value for our shareholders and given us a platform to invest for the future.  (Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce) Read More »


AGILE or FRAGILE?

AGILE or FRAGILE?

My favorite question to ask all the audiences I speak in front of, right between the eyes!  From small workshops to large keynotes, CEOs, Executives, Managers, Team-Leaders and all-employees alike. Are you an AGILE leadership presence or a FRAGILE leadership presence?  Only a minority are AGILE.  The majority are FRAGILE.  I inspire audiences to make the journey from the FRAGILE  majority ... Read More »


Speaking to CEOs in Honolulu, Hawaii this week

Speaking to CEOs in Honolulu, Hawaii this week

VUCA/AGILE are alive and well in the islands, just like on the mainland, in some ways more so.  Read More »


Another Great Day in the Office – A Leadership Academy with 130 Participants

Another Great Day in the Office – A Leadership Academy with 130 Participants

This very successful/high growth technology services company recognizes that that have to be even more agile in an even more VUCA future.  Plus they recognize that a central component in their success engine is project management, which can be a lot more agile.  So we did an Agile-Project-Management module at their annual leadership academy for 130 field personnel, plus support staff, the ... Read More »


How Temporary Might Your Competitive Advantage Be?

How Temporary Might Your Competitive Advantage Be?

I love finding the edge when speaking to audiences.  This is one of my favorite questions to ask – how temporary might your competitive advantage be?  Blackberry had a rude awakening.  As did Sony.  And your average Taxi Cab company.  We could go on and on. In an accelerating world of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) the only safe assumption ... Read More »


Where Will We Play and How Will We Win?

Where Will We Play and How Will We Win?

In his book with A.G. Lafley, “Playing to Win:  How Strategy Really Works” Roger Martin outlines the 5 Strageic Choices, saying: Great strategy is critical to the success of every organization.  That notwithstanding, most managers find strategy to be more complicated, arduous and ineffectual than either they would wish or is productive for their organizations. It doesn’t have to be ... Read More »


VUCA/AGILE in the Big Apple!

VUCA/AGILE in the Big Apple!

It was great to be back in New York last week speaking to workshops of CEOs and Senior Executives about VUCA/AGILE.  I love the journey of inspiring them to become students of agility by revealing how much their future pivots upon it, more than they realize.  They realize they are at risk of falling behind as more and more leaders, teams and ... Read More »


Agility at West Point (United States Military Academy)

Agility at West Point (United States Military Academy)

My colleagues and I were just at one of the most famous leadership development centers ever – The United States Military Academy at West-Point (in the Thayer Hotel which is on post).  We were doing an Agile Leadership Development day for a global client.  How fitting.  No better place to introduce leaders to VUCA (first articulated widely by the U.S. Army ... Read More »


AGILE is the New LEAN!

AGILE is the New LEAN!

This is one of my favorite keynotes/workshops because it unzips the mindsets of traditional business success ingrained in our education and experiences in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.  My invitation to audiences is to pivot from LEAN to AGILE with their mindsets, skillsets and toolsets. Read More: 5 reasons why agile is the new lean — Why you should cultivate a business ... Read More »


Accountability Made Simple

Accountability Made Simple

The 5 Secrets to Find the Right Balance with Individuals, Teams & Organizations for Agility (at the heart of your Agility Operating System) This is one of my favorite keynotes/workshops because it puts front and center one of the most challenging aspects of being a leader. Accountability is a balancing act.  Not too tight and not too loose.  The secret ... Read More »