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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


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 »


Cracking the Agility Code #11

Cracking the Agility Code #11

Think modern jet fighter plane to remind you to always be finding the agile middle as an and-proposition.  It never ceases to amaze me how mired we are in or-thinking and how easily our conversation-flow derails into an or-proposition of this-or-that, rather than an and-proposition of this-and-that.  I love explaining the and-proposition design principles of a modern jet fighter plane, ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #10

Cracking the Agility Code #10

What’s the QQC of your Conversation-Flow? Agile or Waterfall? Agile Conversation-Flow becomes Agile Cash-Flow! Waterfall Conversation-Flow becomes Waterfall Cash-Flow! … Down the drain if you aren’t carefull! You show me an enterprise with poor QQC of Cash-Flow and I will show you one with poor QQC of Conversation-Flow. Over talking about some things, under-talking about others and not taking realer-actions-sooner ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #9

Cracking the Agility Code #9

Which camp are you in? In the last global survey on agility I saw from McKinsey in October 2017, their estimate of the agility advantaged minority had risen from 12% to 22%. That’s still a very small minority, which means it’s a great time to join them! Read More »


Visual Triage

Visual Triage

The best way to triage is visually.  We can process visually so much faster and comprehensively than we can any other way.  There is a reason why “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  There is a reason why a cockpit is a very visual place … plus the control room of a nuclear power station … plus the driving ... Read More »


The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage | Susan David

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Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator | Tim Urban

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How Frustration Makes us More Creative: Tim Hartford

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