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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


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 »


Breakthrough to an Agile Future: Yolanda Harris (CEO, The Keynote Group)

Breakthrough to an Agile Future:  Yolanda Harris (CEO, The Keynote Group)

Epiphany!  I have worked with Mike for quite a few years already and am very familiar with the work he does on agility with his colleagues in Agility Consulting & Training.  Not least of all, of course, I have heard him as a keynote speaker and seen him facilitating follow-up workshops (both of which are leading edge by the way).  I thought ... Read More »


Love/Hate – The Tightrope I Love to Walk

Love/Hate – The Tightrope I Love to Walk

When I speak and facilitate workshops I love to find that fine line between pushing too much and pushing to little, being too assertive and not being assertive enough, playing too hard and playing too soft.  I call it love/hate.  People love me and hate me at the same time, which is the learning edge I love to find.  Debriefing ... Read More »


Speaking at TEDx La Jolla – Closing the Agility Gap

Speaking at TEDx La Jolla – Closing the Agility Gap

It’s a leaders responsibility to stop the daylight robbery occurring everyday in most businesses because of a lack of agility and the need to close the agility gap.     Read More »