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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


Vistage/TEC Resource Speaker Topics

Vistage/TEC Resource Speaker Topics

I am dedicated to helping our global Vistage/TEC membership crack the code of agility as our community’s thought-leading expert.  It’s a tough topic to do with groups in the speaker session time available but I have iterated my approach and portfolio of topics over the years with great feedback.  Most of all I hear so many times from Chairs, unprompted by me, ... Read More »


In the Driving Seat of Agility: Translating Agile Strategy & Agile Execution into Traction, Avoiding Wheel$pin

In the Driving Seat of Agility:  Translating Agile Strategy & Agile Execution into Traction, Avoiding Wheel$pin

This is my core topic (since 2004, delivered to 300+ groups of CEOs/senior executives globally so far, and counting) and remains my favorite.  We explore the challenges of leadership-agility, team-agility and organizational-agility, to be in traction on your desired trajectory with any business, with the enterprise-agility required to be avoiding wheel$pin.  Wheel$pin can cost you a fortune and potentially your prosperity ... Read More »


Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame

My star in the walk of fame at the annual Vistage Chair Convention.  12 years and counting as a Chair, plus 10 years and counting as a Resource-Speaker nationally and internationally, I have spoken to more than 250 groups globally and have Chaired  more than 500 group meetings and 1500 one-to-one coaching sessions with CEOs. I love the intersection between my ... Read More »


Ultra-Human. Ultra-Agile

Ultra-Human.  Ultra-Agile

Dan Miller is one of my new best-friends.  He just spoke at my Vistage peer-groups of CEOs and Senior Executives about what it takes to be “Ultra-Human” and the members loved him.  Why?  Because with elegant simplicity which embeds complexity (see: 2 Camps for explanation of 2 kinds of simplicity) he has distilled the 6 factors which are most pivotal, revealing and ... Read More »


Agility Pays. Wheel$pin Costs.

Agility Pays.  Wheel$pin Costs.

The majority of organizations are spinning their wheels when it comes to being agile!  That wheel$pin can cost them a fortune in avoidable costs, opportunity costs and quite potentially can put their future prosperity at risk (just as Blackberry!) Yet Agility pays!  The evidence is irrefutable.  Most recently, McKinsey published its research, Why Agility Pays. Here are some of the headlines which ... Read More »


The Focused, Fast & Flexible Manifesto

The Focused, Fast & Flexible Manifesto

In an increasingly VUCA World (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) , an Agility Advantage lives at the intersection of 3 domains: LEAN/Lean Startup/Scrum/AGILE (Agile Software Development & Agile Project Management) – understanding the principles of a more iterative, experimental, learning approach to doing complex things (applied at the level of the enterprise, not just at the level of project management/software development) essential for ... Read More »


Classic Vistage Story in 3 Chapters: Looking Under the Hood for Fraud

Classic Vistage Story in 3 Chapters:  Looking Under the Hood for Fraud

Classic Vistage Story in 3 chapters: Chapter 1:  Two guests at my group get talking last week.  One is a CPA passionate in helping CEOs detect fraud.  The other is a CEO who expresses interest, only because it has never occurred to him to do something like that. Chapter 2:  CEO connects CPA with his controller (long time and very ... Read More »


Agile Boards

Agile Boards

My work on agility focuses in asking these core questions: Are you AGILE or FRAGILE? Are you and AGILE Leadership Presence or a FRAGILE Leadership Presence? How Will You Move from the FRAGILE Majority to the AGILE Minority as a … Leader? Team? Organization? Business? Enterprise? The Board has a pivotal role in that.  So, I like to ask: Do you have ... Read More »


Agile Government for an Agile Country

Agile Government for an Agile Country

The newly elected Prime Minister of Australia (2015) is majoring on agile:  developing an agile government for an agile country in a disruptive future – Agile Australia. The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative. We can’t be defensive, we can’t future-proof ourselves.  We have to recognise that the disruption ... Read More »


Read More for Vistage Executive Summits: “Cracking the Agility Code: an update of the Latest in Agile Thinking & Trends” (Mike Richardson)

Read More for Vistage Executive Summits:  “Cracking the Agility Code:  an update of the Latest in Agile Thinking & Trends” (Mike Richardson)

Our Community’s Thought Leading Expert Mike Richardson provides an update of the Latest in Agile Thinking & Trends. Nobody in our Vistage community is better equipped than Mike to keep our members updated in this increasingly crucial topic area of AGILITY.  See blog here about GE making massive investments to pivot from LEAN to AGILE:  The Biggest Agile Startup on Earth: GE ... Read More »