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Monthly Archives: October 2016


Structure Influences Behavior: 2 Pennies

Structure Influences Behavior: 2 Pennies

One of the most powerful insights from the field of Systems-Thinking is, “Structure Influences Behavior”.  Yes, and AGILE structure influences AGILE behavior!  Here’s one of my favorite examples:   2 Pennies.   This is an exercise I usually do over the evening dinner in between the 2 days of a retreat.  Give everyone 2 pennies (in the photo above it ... Read More »


Agility Initiatives in our Vistage Community

Agility Initiatives in our Vistage Community

Hello fellow Chairs, Because AGILITY is so front and center these days (it seems like there is an article every other month in the Harvard Business Review) I am going to be doing several things with Vistage to help make sure none of our members get left behind:  A video podcast series entitled “The Agility Interview“: If you have members ... Read More »


Vistage Studio

Vistage Studio

Recognized as our global community’s thought leading expert in agility, delighted to be featured speaker in Vistage Studio (a library of TED-like keynotes) for our global community of 20.000+ CEOs and senior executives.  See video here: Keynote Speaking.  Delighted Read More »


The Agility Interview

The Agility Interview

Recognized as our global community’s thought leading expert in Agility, Vistage has asked me do a series of video podcast interviews with CEOs and Senior Executives, telling their stories of how they pivoted to Agile … as a leader, as a team, as an organization, as a business (with agile innovation) and as an enterprise. Agility is the ability to adapt to ... Read More »


Another Day in the Office (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

Another Day in the Office (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

Doing an Agility leadership summit with the executive/leadership team of a major bank while in Port au Prince, Haiti, with my friend Marvin Dejean.  Battered by earthquakes, hurricanes and political unrest, with the normal contrast between the poor and the wealthy, Haiti has demonstrated huge resilience and agility.  Happy to be helping.  Most notably, great people! Read More »


Speaking in Haiti (Port Au Prince)

Speaking in Haiti (Port Au Prince)

My first time in Haiti and having a great time. Read More »


Agility in Deep Water?

Agility in Deep Water?

On an offshore oil and gas drilling rig, “hope is not a strategy”.  That is a key line from the movie “Deepwater Horizon”, the story of the BP Gulf Oil Spill.  Myself and two of my best friends know that well as 30 years ago we all worked on offshore drilling rigs for Shell International. Vince Holtam (who is my best ... Read More »


I Love Revealing the 5 Roles of Everyday Agile Leaders to Audiences

I Love Revealing the 5 Roles of Everyday Agile Leaders to Audiences

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Working Together 3.0 (AGILE Working Together) – an afternoon with Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford

Working Together 3.0 (AGILE Working Together) – an afternoon with Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in Seattle when I pulled onto his drive.  These days his wife and he spend their time divided between summers in Seattle and the winters in Scottsdale Arizona.  As I was driving the rental car from the airport, I regretted not having the presence of mind at the Hertz rental depot to ask for a Ford, ... Read More »


A Team of Highly Trained (Agile) Responders

A Team of Highly Trained (Agile) Responders

I was speaking to a Vistage Group of CEOs last week in Minneapolis, hosted by Vistage member Larry Berndt, President of Wenck Response, which provides emergency response teams, equipment and resources for train-derailments, chemical-spills and other such crisis-management situations.   This photo above is us in front of one of his purpose-designed, emergency response and command center trailers, always sustained at mission-readiness ... Read More »