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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


With my colleagues Chris Everett & Ben Baran helping a Hardware Product Design & Manufacturing Client pivot to AGILE

With my colleagues Chris Everett & Ben Baran helping a Hardware Product Design & Manufacturing Client pivot to AGILE

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On Trend: The Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers & Free Agent nation

On Trend:  The Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers & Free Agent nation

Back in 2001 Dan Pink popularized the term, “Free Agent Nation” when he published his book of the same name, “Free Agent Nation:  The Future of Working For Yourself”.  I read this book as I was taking the leap from the corporate world in the spring of 2002, aged 39, becoming a free agent myself to pursue a portfolio career. ... Read More »


Case-Studies we are progressing through in the Vistage Stanford Executive Leadership Program

Case-Studies we are progressing through in the Vistage Stanford Executive Leadership Program

I have been having a blast facilitating the inaugural cohort of the Vistage Stanford Executive Leadership Program in San Diego (January through December this year, 2017) and we have been progressing through some very contemporary and insightful case-studies (mostly very digestable video summaries with some classic case-study reading), interviews and readings: BCG (Boston Consulting Group) Microsoft Amazon Zappos LinkedIn Equity ... Read More »


Staying ALIVE: an Active Shooter Survival Program

Staying ALIVE:  an Active Shooter Survival Program

Fantastic and unique new Vistage Resource Speaker topic:   “A.L.I.V.E. Active Shooter Survival Program” from Vistage Member Michael Julian, CEO of National Business Investigations and MPS Security, with a staff of hundreds providing security and protection services. In the business since he was 16 years old, going on surveillance stake-outs with his father, Mike is a Certified Professional Investigator, Personal ... Read More »


Traction Planning with a Team of 50 People. Awesome!

Traction Planning with a Team of 50 People.  Awesome!

Love doing “Traction Planning” with teams.  Had 50 people in this session and it went GREAT! “Traction Planning” is an AGILE approach to Strategy and Execution and translating everything into Traction with the AGILITY required to be avoiding Wheel-Spin.  Its about triaging the path of least resistance and highest reward in traction on your desired trajectory of profitable growth. In ... Read More »


Working with My Good Friend Marvin DeJean

Working with My Good Friend Marvin DeJean

Absolute delight to be working again with my good friend Marvin DeJean.  We bring together a magical blend of Design-Thinking, Agile-Thinking and Systems-Thinking, helping teams coalesce and brew up breakthroughs to a new future.  1 Team with 1 Mission!  Hence the T-Shirts Marvin brought for everyone and the team photograph.  Marvin is a master at what he does and we ... Read More »


Speaking in Haiti (3rd time here)

Speaking in Haiti (3rd time here)

Always great to be back.  Such warm people. Read More »


Prevost Construction Embeds Agile

Prevost Construction Embeds Agile

One of my Vistage members, Jamie Prevost, has gone big with the concepts of AGILE in his business.  See his Mission/Vision/Values page.  Below are their Core-Values with AGILITY at the top of the list, which they have institutionalized and operationalized in all kinds of ways in their business and project management. Read More »


Barclays Bank goes AGILE

Great article:  Barclays banks on agile and DevOps to tackle competitive threats in fintech Read More »


DBS Bank’s Transformnation to AGILE.

Great article:  How DBS Bank Became The Best Digital Bank In The World By Becoming Invisible Read More »