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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


100 Agility Quotations

Below I am progressively accumulating 100 of my favorite agility related quotations (including some which originate from me!).  I am not including quotations about luck here, as I include these as a special category here:  100 Ways to Think About Luck.  I hope you will find these useful to inspire you and your people and will provide you a place where ... Read More »


CV Bio Resume for Mike Richardson

CV Bio Resume for Mike Richardson

[Note for Event Planners/Emcees: Below is a mixture of CV, Bio, Resume formats from which you can draw] Headline Summary 35 Years in the Oil & Gas, Aerospace and Automotive Industries: Petroleum Engineer (Shell – working on onshore and offshore oil & gas drilling rigs), Program Manager, Product Support Manager, Commercial Manager, Sales & Marketing VP (Dowty Aerospace – Fly ... Read More »


The Stiff Upper Lip of Agility

The Stiff Upper Lip of Agility

In 2013 I did a speaking tour of the UK (always nice to return to the old country as a Brit, American now based in San Diego) speaking to groups of CEOs about leadership agility.  In the face of increasing volatility, agility does require a certain stiff-upper-lip of composure! Read More »


Playing to Win

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What It Takes to Get an A? (As a Champion of a Traction Plan Item)

What It Takes to Get an A? (As a Champion of a Traction Plan Item)

When I facilitate CEOs and their teams with Traction Planning, I love the part where I explain What-It-Takes-To-Get-An-A as a Champion of a Traction Plan Item.  I explain that we will be grading each other in our ongoing review cycle, self-grading first before they make their presentation and then their peers grading them after their presentation (anonymously using a voting-app or even ... Read More »


Agile Facilitation (of CEOs and their Executive Teams)

Agile Facilitation (of CEOs and their Executive Teams)

My favorite work is to facilitate CEOs and their executive teams to adopt a more agile approach to strategy, execution and traction on their desired trajectory of profitable growth for all.  It doesn’t get any better, influencing those who influence many.   Our core day unfolds with: Morning – Agility Workshop:  The WHY, WHAT, WHO, HOW/WHERE/WHEN of Agility. In particular, the ... Read More »


Setting Up for an “Agility-Boot-Camp” Workshop

Setting Up for an “Agility-Boot-Camp” Workshop

One of my favorite places to be is in large room full of leaders for an “agility-boot-camp” workshop, introducing them to agility as a 3D challenge.  If we aren’t wearing our 3D glasses, we will miss the acuteness of the 3rd dimension … which has not just emerged as a 3rd dimension, but the primary dimension around which we must ... Read More »


Inspiring Teams to Become Students of Agility

Inspiring Teams to Become Students of Agility

Agility takes energy, so I love to put a lot of energy into workshops, inspiring teams to become students of agility. Read More »


Another Day at the Office

Another Day at the Office

My favorite place and time – getting setup for another workshop with CEOs, to help them become students of agility.  As I  get set up, I always love the sense of anticipation for the conversation that will unfold.  I love this work. Read More »


I Love Speaking About My Work

I Love Speaking About My Work

The question of my career has been, “Why, despite all of our investments in strategic-planning and implementation, business-process re-engineering and software, leadership-development and team-building, do we still experience a lot more wheel$pin than we should?  Which can cost us a fortune, possibly of future prosperity”.  The answer?  Agility (or rather, a lack of it).  What does it take to get ... Read More »