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Agility Summit with Mike Richardson

Agility Summit with Mike Richardson

Join our Global Vistage Community’s Thought Leading Expert in Agility, Mike Richardson (Vistage Chair & Speaker) for a day to immerse your team in their AGILITY challenge.     Change has changed.  But most leaders have not changed with it. Don’t let that be you and your team.  The nature of change has changed – we now live in an ... Read More »


Agile Temecula Valley

Agile Temecula Valley

Great article about Temecula Valley’s trajectory and bright future: Here’s Why Chinese Money is Pouring into Temecula’s Wine Region Napa Valley is bigger, but it’s too far away.  Here, we have 20 million people living at least a two-hour drive away. And the quality of the wine is much better than before. The infusion of foreign capital bolsters a plan ... Read More »


How is you Social Media Strategy? Miro Copic speaking at my Networking Group

How is you Social Media Strategy?  Miro Copic speaking at my Networking Group

Let’s face it, you can easily be a busy-fool with social media these days.  Lots of activity but not a lot of desired outcomes.  At my networking group the other day, one of our members and world class branding, marketing and media expert, Miro Copic of BottomLine Marketing, decluttered the topic for us and helped us chart of path of more ... Read More »


Unopened Gifts – Jim (Mac) McPartland Speaking at my Vistage Key Group

Unopened Gifts – Jim (Mac) McPartland Speaking at my Vistage Key Group

My very good friend, author and keynote speaker Jim (Mac) McPartland speaking to my Vistage Key Group with his brand new Vistage Speaker Topic:   “Unopened Gifts:  Discover how your organization, key team leaders, and executives can breakthrough their current levels of performance” in which he delves into: Defining our own unique gifts Uncovering who our teachers are in business ... Read More »


A Fantastic Day at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar with My Vistage CEO Group

A Fantastic Day at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar with My Vistage CEO Group

Our member Terry Robling (3-Star Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired and now CEO of a fantastic business, PKL Services) hosted our  Vistage CEO Group at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar last week, spending the day with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.  What a fantastic day we had.  A dream come true for me coming from the Aerospace Industry and ... Read More »


Speaking in Edmonton

Speaking in Edmonton

Great to be back in Canada. Read More »


Another Day in the Office

Another Day in the Office

Working with a leadership team of a fast growth entrepreneurial business in Los Angeles (including lots of fun with the Marshmallow Challenge!) Read More »


Another day in the Office (the Global head office of Vistage with the team of VPs)

Another day in the Office (the Global head office of Vistage with the team of VPs)

Doing an Agility workshop with the inside team of VPs in Vistage head office (including lots of fun with the Marshmallow Challenge!) Read More »


Agile Manufacturing: The Secrets of Agility in Hardware Product Manufacturing Businesses

Agile Manufacturing:  The Secrets of Agility in Hardware Product Manufacturing Businesses

Two of my colleagues just finished a one week agility intensive with a client which designs and manufactures hardware products. Too many people assume that AGILE applies to software companies but not hardware companies.  Wrong!  AGILE Planes, Trains & Automobiles (and so much more!) Indeed, they assume AGILE started with software companies.  Wrong!  Agile Started with Hardware not Software!     Read More »


What the Sex Pistols Can Teach You about Marketing! Awesome UK Vistage Speaker Grant Leboff .

What the Sex Pistols Can Teach You about Marketing!  Awesome UK Vistage Speaker Grant Leboff .

Accomplished UK Vistage speaker Grant Leboff spoke to all 4 of my Vistage Groups last week in San Diego/Temecula Valley and they LOVED him.  Who knew how much you could learn about marketing in a modern world from the Sex Pistols!  Agile Marketing too … in only 2.5 years (forming in 1975 and disbanding in 1978), only producing 4 singles ... Read More »


Message from Mike Richardson for Online Trading Academy

Message from Mike Richardson for Online Trading Academy

Hello all – please see my video message below: We will be focusing on 3 things in our workshop: 1.  Keeping Up & Getting Ahead Change has changed but the majority of leaders haven’t changed with it Understanding VUCA- Your External VUCA Environment & Your Internal VUCA Environment You will learn Agile Core Concept #1:  Organizational OODA Loop (from the ... Read More »


Agile Meetings: Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

Agile Meetings:  Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

Great article in LinkedIn:  Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings.  I shared with my LinkedIn connections posting this: Yep, just about sums it up. I don’t allow it in my Vistage Groups which I Chair. Yet, in so many groups which I speak to, it’s rampant, often because members/Chairs shy away from creating accountability around it. Such a ... Read More »


Agile Meetings: Stop the Meeting Madness

Agile Meetings:  Stop the Meeting Madness

Great article in this month’s Harvard Business Review:  Stop the Meeting Madness.  I couldn’t agree more, Agile Meetings are at the heart of your Enterprise Agility.  Here are some of the headlines from the article: In our interviews with hundreds of executives, in fields ranging from high tech and retail to pharmaceuticals and consulting, many said they felt overwhelmed by ... Read More »


Agile Decision Making: Shot-Clock and Clock-Speed

Agile Decision Making: Shot-Clock and Clock-Speed

In the last month we have heard two expressions from Ford which get the heart of Agility: “Clock-Speed”:  “We need to speed up our decision making … the clock-speed of our competitors requires us to make decisions at a faster pace. If we’re going to win in this new world, we need to break down the hierarchy, and we have ... Read More »


Agile Firing – Bill Ford Explains the Why Behind Mark Fields Departure as CEO of Ford

Agile Firing – Bill Ford Explains the Why Behind Mark Fields Departure as CEO of Ford

Just listen to Bill Ford’s explanation of why they parted company with Mark Fields as CEO and its a clear expression of a lack of Agility: Read headline summary at my Vistage Executive Street blog:  What to learn from the firing of Ford CEO Mark Fields revealing 3 insights into Agility: Insight 1:  Deliver an “And-Proposition” Insight 2:  Migrate Multiple Business Models ... Read More »


Speaking in Orange County

Speaking in Orange County

I love speaking in my own back yard of Southern California. Read More »


The Importance of Being Agile (Board Agility/Agile Boards)

The Importance of Being Agile (Board Agility/Agile Boards)

This quarter’s NYSE Corporate Board Member Magazine has a cover article entitled, “The Importance of Being AGILE” (read here). The headlines are: “The current wave of uncertainty, combined with the breakneck speed of technological change, means public company boards must be nimble and able to retool strategy more quickly than ever before.”  My Translation:  Indeed, we live in an accelerating world ... Read More »


Speaking in South Wales, UK.

Speaking in South Wales, UK.

Always great to cross the bridge from England into South Wales. Read More »


Speaking in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

One of my favorite places to be in central Edinburgh. Read More »


Speaking in London, England, UK.

Speaking in London, England, UK.

Always great to be amongst so much history in central London. Read More »


Another Great Day in the Office

Another Great Day in the Office

Always love that feeling of being set up for a great session. Read More »


Speaking in LA (honored to be selected to speak to Vistage’s largest single member)

Speaking in LA (honored to be selected to speak to Vistage’s largest single member)

David Belden is one of Vistage’s most tenured and seasons Chairs and speakers and is engaged in creating the Eli Leadership Institute with Vistage’ largest single member. Starting 18 months ago with a single Vistage Inside group in India, today, there are 8 groups on 3 continents, continuing to grow with a very intense focus on developing leaders within this multi-billion dollar federation of companies. ... Read More »


Speaking in San Diego

Speaking in San Diego

Always great to speaking in my own home town. Read More »


We Didn’t Like Our Vistage Speaker So Much That I Had One of Our Female Members Beat Him Up!

We Didn’t Like Our Vistage Speaker So Much That I Had One of Our Female Members Beat Him Up!

We didn’t like our Vistage Speaker Bob “Thunder” Thurman last week so much that I had one of our female Vistage members Susan Kuruvilla beat him up!  Not really!  Bob does a fantastic session on self defense and what you do when you have run out of other options.  3 days in a row, my Vistage groups loved him.  At the ... Read More »


Another Day in the Office – Agile Leadership Training (Thriving in a VUCA World)

Another Day in the Office – Agile Leadership Training (Thriving in a VUCA World)

Had a great time working with my colleague Tom O’Shea. Read More »


What Great CEOs Do Differently – #1: Agile Decision Making

What Great CEOs Do Differently – #1:  Agile Decision Making

This month’s Harvard Business Review captures the agility challenge for CEOs, Executives and their teams these days –   What Great CEOs Do Differently (May-June 2017), resulting from a 10 year study called the CEO Genome Project, identifying the specific attributes that differentiate high-performing CEOs. Our most important discovery was that successful chief executives tend to demonstrate four specific behaviors that ... Read More »


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Great Working Again with my good friend Marvin Dejean (Emerging Thought Leader on Design Thinking)

Great Working Again with my good friend Marvin Dejean (Emerging Thought Leader on Design Thinking)

Great to be working again with my good friend Marvin Dejean who is an emerging thought-leader on design thinking, which goes hand in hand with agile-thinking:  The Focused, Fast & Flexible Manifesto. In particular, we are working together with more and more Boards to help them be an AGILE Board. Read More »


The Marshmallow Challenge – Carribbean Night Vision edition!

The Marshmallow Challenge – Carribbean Night Vision edition!

With the board of a bank, after dinner, we did the Marshmallow Challenge.  Everyone had a blast.  The following morning we debriefed and then played the video here:  Marshmallows Reveal Secrets of Agile Teamwork vs Waterfall Teamwork. They really got it, understanding how easily and unconsciously we default into “Waterfall”, burning too much time building tall spaghetti structures, without testing & verifying as ... Read More »


Speaking in Haiti

Speaking in Haiti

Great to be back in Haiti Read More »

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