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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

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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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Cracking the Agility Code #6

Cracking the Agility Code #6

Keep It Simple Stupid can be the KISS of Death!  It’s usually used by people lobbying to reverse out of complexity, taking us back to stupid simplicity.  Wrong answer and we’ll be lucky to survive.  To thrive, we have no choice except to move through complexity, to arrive at elegant simplicity on the other side.  Elegant simplicity embeds complexity.  Stupid ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #5

Cracking the Agility Code #5

In many ways, all of the seeds of AGILE exist within LEAN … it’s about reaching inside and grabbing those, turning everything inside out and seeing the same body of wisdom through an AGILE lens not just a LEAN lens … and then getting revved up! If your competitors do that better than you do, you risk being road kill! Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #4

Cracking the Agility Code #4

If your VUCA is accelerating faster than your AGILITY, things can get ugly, probably bigger, faster and sooner than your worst nightmare. Or atleast, that’s the only safe assumption. Just ask GE right now! Only the paranoid survive! Read More »


20 Years Ago Today We Came to the USA

20 Years Ago Today We Came to the USA

20 years ago today on January 6th 1999 we began our journey of coming to the USA – my wife Rhona and I with our 2 boys Craig and Chris aged 8 and 5 at the time.  A few pictures from that day are below. Initially on a 4 year work permit, then 5 years on a green card and ... Read More »


What is your Ikigai?

What is your Ikigai?

Love this concept of Ikigai:   Discover Your Passion — Or ‘Ikigai’ — With 4 Simple Tips hHow To Find Your Ikigai And Transform Your Outlook On Life And Business Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life ikigai, self realisation illustration, meaning ... Read More »


The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures (Harvard Business Review January-February 2019)

The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures (Harvard Business Review January-February 2019)

Great article which outlines the challenge of innovation … not too tight (left-brained) and not too loose (right brained) … finding the agile-middle of an and-proposition. The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures (Harvard Business Review January-February 2019) It’s one part creativity, one part discipline. Innovative cultures are misunderstood. The easy-to-like behaviors that get so much attention are only one side ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #3

Cracking the Agility Code #3

You are in for a very nasty surprise if you lapse into planning the unplannable, predicting the unpredictable, controlling the uncontrollable and knowing the unknowable! AGILE is about expecting and managing the unexpected. Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #2

Cracking the Agility Code #2

What competitive advantages are you relying upon which may be more temporary than you think? Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #1

Cracking the Agility Code #1

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Cracking the Agility Code

Cracking the Agility Code

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Faux AGILE (False, Fake, Fraudulent Agility – “Fake It Until You Break It!”)

Faux AGILE (False, Fake, Fraudulent Agility – “Fake It Until You Break It!”)

“Fake it until you make it” doesn’t apply to Agility!  It easily becomes “fake it until you break it” like we have seen so many examples of recently with Takata, Wells Fargo, VW and so many more before that. All examples of faux-agile, false, fake and fraudulent agility … until things ultimately breakdown … in the long run, there is ... Read More »


The Biology of Corporate Survival: Aka, How to Build a Business that Lasts 100 Years (Resilience & Adaptability = AGILITY)

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Your Elusive Creative Genius: Overcoming Fear

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A Lesson on Looking: Visual Intelligence

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It’s Official! Mike Richardson Named President of Online Trading Academy

It’s Official!  Mike Richardson Named President of Online Trading Academy

It’s official – the press release went out yesterday announcing my new role as President of Online Trading Academy:   Mike Richardson Named President of Online Trading Academy:  “High growth financial education company taps experienced executive for a critical new role”. Getting busy, not least of all in evolving this as a real-time case-study of Agility: Trading Places – My ... Read More »


Organized Chaos: Awesome Video of Starlings in Flight

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Farewell: “They Rise Highest Who Lift As They Go”

Farewell:  “They Rise Highest Who Lift As They Go”

Hello all – yesterday was my last official day as a Vistage Chair and Speaker after 15 years … I am trading places … literally:  Trading Places – My Next Leadership Chapter as President at Online Trading Academy evolving a real-time Agile Case-Study. OTA has been built by a one of a kind Vistage member, entrepreneur, founder and CEO, Eyal ... Read More »


Speaking in Chicago

Speaking in Chicago

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Shifting AGILE into a Next Gear with our OTA Audience

Shifting AGILE into a Next Gear with our OTA Audience

Such fun bringing our Online Trading Academy audience up to speed with our AGILE progress so far (and as a bi-product evolving a Business Agility case-study) and shifting into a next gear. Read More »

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