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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


Cracking the Agility Code #22

Cracking the Agility Code #22

For the Fragile, VUCA is full of threat, which can rapidly unfold as a breakdown journey. Probably bigger, faster and sooner than you worst nightmare! At least, that’s the only safe assumption. “Only the paranoid survive”. For the Agile, VUCA is full of opportunity, to architect a breakthrough journey. But its like playing high-speed 3D chess! Read More »


Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed

Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed

See the official Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed at the Naval Special Warfare Command Website:  Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed         Definitely worth reading the whole thing.  My favorite parts are: In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #21

Cracking the Agility Code #21

Luck is huge in Agility. Is VUCA causing you to be experiencing more bad luck by accident than good luck by design? Many teams are mired in a “stuff happens” mindset. Not AGILE Leaders, who understand how to get luck on their side as a reliable factor by stacking the odds in their favor. Help your team change its relationship ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #20

Cracking the Agility Code #20

In a VUCA world it is inevitable that we will always be learning from hindsight, but it can be very expensive and, at the extreme, terminal. Every time you learn from hindsight, I invite you to look in the mirror to ask yourself if you could have learned that from foresight, a lot less expensively … if you had been ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #19

Cracking the Agility Code #19

Is VUCA defaulting you and your team into partial-triage? So busy working in dis-organized chaos that we aren’t working on organizing the chaos?  So busy working in crisis management that we aren’t working on averting and preventing crises?  So consumed in reactively triaging short-term operational VUCA that we aren’t proactively and preemptively triaging long-term strategic VUCA? As a result, we ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #18

Cracking the Agility Code #18

Is VUCA defaulting you and your team into dis-organized chaos? That can be endemic in the majority of small and large organizations alike, for different reasons. The majority of small organizations are often under-organized, hair-on-fire and seat-of-the-pants, in which VUCA creates whiplash resulting in dis-organized chaos. The majority of large organizations are often over-organized, bureaucratic and rigid, unable to keep ... Read More »


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 #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 »