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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


E: Everyday Agile Leadership

E:  Everyday Agile Leadership

Agile leaders meet the challenge of agility everyday in every way in every situation and set of circumstances.  Leadership agility is an everyday proposition. We can look at the complexity of agility through the elegantly simple lens of Everyday Agile Leadership.  By studying everyday agile leaders in non-business setting settings (Fighter-Pilots, Navy-Seals, Fire-Fighters, ER-Doctors etc, including you in the driving ... Read More »


F: Future-Proofed and Recession-Ready?

F:  Future-Proofed and Recession-Ready?

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G: Growing Cash-Flow by Reducing Wheel$pin & Increasing Tra¢tion, for Cents on the Dollar!

G:  Growing Cash-Flow by Reducing Wheel$pin & Increasing Tra¢tion, for Cents on the Dollar!

While Agility is King, how could we not end up talking about cash-flow.  It’s the ultimate measure of traction, maybe with the exception of share-price if you are a public company. How do we grow cash-flow?  It’s about dollars and cents.  By reducing wheel$pin and what it costs us, which can be huge, hence the $ sign.  By increasing tra¢tion ... Read More »


H: Human as Hero or Human as Hazard?

H:  Human as Hero or Human as Hazard?

I like to ask leaders: are you an agile-leadership presence in a fragile system? or are you a fragile-leadership presence in a fragile system? All systems are fragile!  That’s why aircraft still crash.  That’s why oil rigs still have oil spills.  That isn’t the question.  The question is, are you an agile or fragile leadership presence in that fragile system. ... Read More »


P: Power of Peer Groups (at the heart of Team-Agility)

P:  Power of Peer Groups (at the heart of Team-Agility)

The power of peer groups is undeniable.  I have been Chairing peer groups of CEOs and senior executives since 2003 (12 years and counting at the time of writing this) and speaking to such groups 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 ... Read More »


T: Triage for Traction on your desired Trajectory – A Paradigm Shift of Focus

T:  Triage for Traction on your desired Trajectory – A Paradigm Shift of Focus

In an increasingly VUCA world, the nature of change has changed, but most people’s paradigm of focus hasn’t changed with it. I distinctly remember one time, when I was facilitating the management team at one of the businesses I was responsible for. We were exploring the full range of systemic issues, challenges, problems, and opportunities that were confronting us and ... Read More »


V: VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity)

V:  VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity)

We live in an increasingly VUCA world: Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity Think about the volatility we have seen in oil-prices lately (see chart below), the uncertainty of what might happen to oil prices next (up, down, flat, when?), the complexity of the eco-system surrounding oil prices (shutting down the shale-oil/fracking industry with big job losses, benefitting airlines with aviation-fuel prices, ... Read More »


W: Waterfall vs Agile/Sprints/Scrum – Pivoting to the future of Agile-Teamwork

W:  Waterfall vs Agile/Sprints/Scrum – Pivoting to the future of Agile-Teamwork

“The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed” (William Gibson).  The future of agile-teamwork is already here it’s just not evenly distributed – many leaders, teams and organizations are still stuck in waterfall-teamwork.  “Waterfall” vs “Agile” contrasts two fundamentally different modes of teamwork.  The problem is that we have to unzip our mindset from the waterfall schooling we ... Read More »


Monthly Sprint #2 : Agile Culture (starting with Excuses & Core-Values)

Monthly Sprint #2 : Agile Culture (starting with Excuses & Core-Values)

It’s my pleasure/honor to help you become a student of agility on your journey to mastery.  In this follow-up program I will help you institutionalize the agile processes/component parts of your Enterprise-Agility: Here is your Monthly Sprint #2 Tip/Tool/Technique:  Agile Culture (starting with Excuses & Core-Values) Its been a month or two since I spoke to your Vistage/TEC Group (or longer if you ... Read More »


Monthly Sprint #1: Agile-Productivity (starting with Agile-Meetings)

Monthly Sprint #1:  Agile-Productivity (starting with Agile-Meetings)

It’s my pleasure/honor to help you become a student of agility on your journey to mastery.  In this follow-up program I will help you institutionalize the agile processes/component parts of your Enterprise-Agility: Here is your Monthly Sprint #1 Tip/Tool/Technique:  Agile-Productivity (starting with Agile-Meetings). Its been a few weeks since I spoke to your Vistage/TEC Group (or longer if you are a latecomer ... Read More »