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Monthly Archives: February 2019


Leadership Quote of the Day

One of my favorites for times of VUCAdversity: “If you’re going through hell, keep going!” (Winston Churchill) Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #23

Cracking the Agility Code #23

Agile requires a pivot of mindset.  In an accelerating VUCA world, the 3rd and longitudinal dimension of journey orientation has become the primary dimension around which we must reframe our approach to translating agile strategy and agile execution into traction, avoiding wheel$pin, which can cost us a fortune.   For that pivot of mindset, we must simultaneously understand the microscopic ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #21

Cracking the Agility Code #21

The journey to mastery is through complexity. Often voicing the KISS principle, “can’t we just keep it simple stupid”, Dabblers, obsessives and hackers bounce off complexity getting stuck in stupid simplicity this side of complexity, which can be the KISS of Death! Masters understand the nature of the journey and keep moving through complexity, to the other side and mastery ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #20

Cracking the Agility Code #20

While organizational agility is a timeless problem, today’s reality is placing new and unfamiliar demands upon us and our skills. It is asking new questions of our executive strengths, which are  being tested in new ways. To pass the test, we need new answers. Where do we get those new answers? That was a question I constantly asked myself as ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #19

Cracking the Agility Code #19

Don’t get dunked by the future.  Go on the transformation journey to mastery as an agile enterprise with the agility operating system required. Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #18

Cracking the Agility Code #18

Translating agile strategy and agile execution into traction on your desired trajectory of profitable growth, avoiding wheel-spin, requires an Agility Operating System that is up to the challenge of VUCA these days. Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #17

Cracking the Agility Code #17

I love explaining the 5 Roles of Everyday AGILE Leaders, especially to CEOs and Executives, challenging them … if they don’t step up to also being the Chief of these new 5 Roles, nobody else will!  For instance, if they don’t step up to being the Chief Facilitator of their team to be doing full-triage (which only a minority do), ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #16

Cracking the Agility Code #16

TRIAGING well is essential for AGILITY and avoiding FRAGILITY.  Fully triaging your full agenda of time-horizons and altitude-levels, working “IN” and “ON” your business as an and-proposition.  Too many leaders default into Partial Triage, partially triaging their agenda, working “IN” or “ON” as an or-proposition, too much of one at the expense of the other, either way around.  Be honest ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #15

Cracking the Agility Code #15

How is your TRIAGE? Full or partial, with full or partial situational awareness? Covering your full agenda of time-horizons and altitude-levels? We can’t afford to lapse into partial triage, either way around. Working too much “in” our journey and not enough “on” or too much “on” and not enough “in”. Either way around, on an offshore drilling rig, partial triage ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #14

Cracking the Agility Code #14

Like many of my Shell International colleagues, I first learned about agility working on oil and gas drilling rigs as a Petroleum Engineer, onshore and offshore. Aged 21, helicopter out, helicopter back, week on, week off, when you’re on, you’re on, 24/7. Often in the middle of the night, freezing cold, horizontal snow driving in your face, high seas, hundreds ... Read More »