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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


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 »


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 »


Cracking the Agility Code #13

Cracking the Agility Code #13

Agility is a 3D challenge and too many leaders, executives and CEOs are stuck in a 2D mindset.  You can’t solve a Rubik’s without solving all 3 dimensions simultaneously.  Most importantly, we must pivot to the 3rd and longitudinal dimension of Journey Orientation to solve the Rubik’s cube of your agility and your future. I love explaining the nature of ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #12

Cracking the Agility Code #12

Think fighter pilot to remind you to always be finding ways to shrink your Organizational OODA Loop for a higher clock-speed of fast-cycle teamwork.  I love explaining the OODA Loop training of a fighter pilot.  Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.  Other things being equal, the fighter pilot with the stronger, better, faster OODA Loop wins. We go into a dog-fight every ... Read More »