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BBC Million Dollar Traders

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The Power of Mind Mapping

The Power of Mind Mapping

I have been mind-mapping for years and years using some of the earliest software applications back in the 1990s. I love sharing the power of mind mapping, at least how its aligns for me with my personal productivity process and system for agile productivity. Find out about the basics here: Wkipedia: Mind Map Find a list of Software Applications here: ... Read More »


David Allen Productivity Videos

David Allen Productivity Videos

GREAT videos from David Allen, my favorite personal productivity thought leader. Read More »


Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed

Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed

See the official Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed at the Naval Special Warfare Command Website:  Navy SEAL Ethos/Creed         Definitely worth reading the whole thing.  My favorite parts are: In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, ... Read More »


Leadership Quote of the Day

One of my favorites for times of VUCAdversity: “If you’re going through hell, keep going!” (Winston Churchill) Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #23

Cracking the Agility Code #23

Agile requires a pivot of mindset.  In an accelerating VUCA world, the 3rd and longitudinal dimension of journey orientation has become the primary dimension around which we must reframe our approach to translating agile strategy and agile execution into traction, avoiding wheel$pin, which can cost us a fortune.   For that pivot of mindset, we must simultaneously understand the microscopic ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #21

Cracking the Agility Code #21

The journey to mastery is through complexity. Often voicing the KISS principle, “can’t we just keep it simple stupid”, Dabblers, obsessives and hackers bounce off complexity getting stuck in stupid simplicity this side of complexity, which can be the KISS of Death! Masters understand the nature of the journey and keep moving through complexity, to the other side and mastery ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #20

Cracking the Agility Code #20

While organizational agility is a timeless problem, today’s reality is placing new and unfamiliar demands upon us and our skills. It is asking new questions of our executive strengths, which are  being tested in new ways. To pass the test, we need new answers. Where do we get those new answers? That was a question I constantly asked myself as ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #19

Cracking the Agility Code #19

Don’t get dunked by the future.  Go on the transformation journey to mastery as an agile enterprise with the agility operating system required. Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #18

Cracking the Agility Code #18

Translating agile strategy and agile execution into traction on your desired trajectory of profitable growth, avoiding wheel-spin, requires an Agility Operating System that is up to the challenge of VUCA these days. Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #17

Cracking the Agility Code #17

I love explaining the 5 Roles of Everyday AGILE Leaders, especially to CEOs and Executives, challenging them … if they don’t step up to also being the Chief of these new 5 Roles, nobody else will!  For instance, if they don’t step up to being the Chief Facilitator of their team to be doing full-triage (which only a minority do), ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #16

Cracking the Agility Code #16

TRIAGING well is essential for AGILITY and avoiding FRAGILITY.  Fully triaging your full agenda of time-horizons and altitude-levels, working “IN” and “ON” your business as an and-proposition.  Too many leaders default into Partial Triage, partially triaging their agenda, working “IN” or “ON” as an or-proposition, too much of one at the expense of the other, either way around.  Be honest ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #15

Cracking the Agility Code #15

How is your TRIAGE? Full or partial, with full or partial situational awareness? Covering your full agenda of time-horizons and altitude-levels? We can’t afford to lapse into partial triage, either way around. Working too much “in” our journey and not enough “on” or too much “on” and not enough “in”. Either way around, on an offshore drilling rig, partial triage ... Read More »


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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The Terrible Roommate: Ducks!

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Don Phin: In Business We Trust

In Business We Trust Great summary by my good friend Don Phin.  One thing that really caught my attention was: Top five communications topics that are most effective in increasing employer trust: Societal Impact– The organization’s contributions for the betterment of society 3.78Values– The organization’s values 3.24The Future– The organization’s vision for the future 3.12Purpose– The organization’s mission and purpose ... Read More »


Clayton Christensen: After 25 years studying innovation, here is what I have learned

Clayton Christensen:  After 25 years studying innovation, here is what I have learned

GREAT article from my favorite innovation thought leader, Clayton Christensen:  After 25 years studying innovation, here is what I have learned Why do great firms fail, especially at the hand of smaller and less resourced upstarts? The answer: Disruptive innovations. These are innovations that are less expensive and poorer performing than existing products on the market. Disruptive innovations are often ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #8

Cracking the Agility Code #8

Disruptor or disruptee, which will you be? Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #7

Cracking the Agility Code #7

If you dabble, obsess or hack at AGILITY, you will fail! Don’t be talked off the path to mastery. It’s a long and arduous journey, which the majority don’t have the staying power for, to go the distance. Take solace in knowing that with every step you take, staying on the path, you are in a smaller and smaller minority. ... Read More »


Air Travel in Real Life

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Every Hotel Stay Ever

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