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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 »


IDEO Shopping Cart

IDEO Shopping Cart

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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 »


Speaking in Charlotte.

Speaking in Charlotte.

Great to be back here. Read More »


Glad to be Allowed in! (and we start my session on Agility by talking about Stupid-Simplicity!)

Glad to be Allowed in! (and we start my session on Agility by talking about Stupid-Simplicity!)

I was glad to be allowed into Vistage Chair Ben Dominitz’s CEO Group in Charlotte!  It was great as I start my session in which we explore the complexity of enterprise-agility, which is why the majority can’t do it, by revealing the difference between elegant-simplicity which embeds complexity and stupid-simplicity which ignores complexity.  Often called up by the KISS principle ... Read More »


The High Velocity Edge (Steven Spear)

The High Velocity Edge (Steven Spear)

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Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa

Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa

First time here.  Having a great time. Read More »


Message for Groupe Sogebank

Message for Groupe Sogebank

Marvin Dejean, Senior Managing Partner, Gilead Sanders. Hello all – Gilead Sanders is proud to be facilitating your upcoming Board Retreat on April 21/22nd in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Mike Richardson and I look forward to spending these two days helping you develop a keen understanding of your strategic and tactical role as a board and how to best implement effective governance ... Read More »


Speaking in Amsterdam

Speaking in Amsterdam

Very special to be back in Amsterdam for a Keynote Speech.  I lived in Holland for 5 years aged 21-26, 1983-1988, working for Shell International as a Petroleum Engineer.  What a great experience.  What a delight to be back. Read More »


Speaking in San Diego

Speaking in San Diego

How cool, to be speaking in my own home town.  Spoke to 4 different audiences in 2 days.  Agility is a hot topic, heating up further! Read More »


Speaking in Cincinatti

Speaking in Cincinatti

Had a blast being back in Cincinatti. Read More »


Speaking in Cleveland

Speaking in Cleveland

Had a blast being back in the great city of Cleveland. Read More »


Agile Soccer – 9 Games (Sprints) of 10 Minutes Each – Lincoln City vs Arsenal FA Cup Quarter Final

Agile Soccer – 9 Games (Sprints) of 10 Minutes Each – Lincoln City vs Arsenal FA Cup Quarter Final

Lincoln City Football Club Coach Danny Cowley revealed that his team plan was to use a unique approach to Saturday’s FA Cup match against Arsenal by breaking the match into 9 different ten-minute games.  9 Sprints!  That’s Agile! He needed a different approach as Lincoln City Football Club is the first non-league club to make it to the FA Cup Quarter Final in 103 ... Read More »


Owning the Sky with Agile: Saab’s JAS39E Gripen Fighter Plane – Building a Jet Better, Faster, Cheaper with Scrum

Owning the Sky with Agile:  Saab’s JAS39E Gripen Fighter Plane – Building a Jet Better, Faster, Cheaper with Scrum

Great article about using Scrum/Agile in Saab for their JAS39 Gripen Fighter Plane (on which we provided the Auxillary Gearbox when I was a Sales & Marketing VP for Dowty Aerospace in the UK), especially for the latest variant, the JAS39E multi-role strike fighter. Downlaoid PDF here:  Owning the Sky with Agile The article cites the following benefits: Advanced military ... Read More »


Alan Mulally’s Automotive Hall of Fame Speech

Alan Mulally’s Automotive Hall of Fame Speech

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Agile/Scrum in Mechanical Product Development

Agile/Scrum in Mechanical Product Development

Here is a great downloadable PDF of an MSc Thesis studying “Scrum in Mechanical Product Development” which does a nice job outlining Agile/Scrum and bridging its application to mechanical product development, in its conclusion citing the following benefits: This study shows that using the Scrum framework for mechanical development teams can provide the following benefits: Increased co-operation and co-ordination. Increased ... Read More »


The Secret History of Agile Innovation – Agile Started with Hardware Not Software!

The Secret History of Agile Innovation – Agile Started with Hardware Not Software!

Updated March 2017. Most people assume that AGILE methodologies started with the software industry, the creation of The Agile Manifesto by a meeting of software gurus in 2001 and evolution of “Agile Software Development” thereafter (read more:  Waterfall vs Agile/Sprints/Scrum – Pivoting to the future of Agile-Teamwork), using that as support for their argument that AGILE doesn’t apply to hardware  companies. They would be ... Read More »


With Both My Tribes in One Month: Annual Vistage Chair Conference (Orlando) and then Business Agility Conference (New York City)

With Both My Tribes in One Month:  Annual Vistage Chair Conference (Orlando) and then Business Agility Conference (New York City)

What a great month this month – I had the pleasure of being with both my tribes in one month: The Annual Vistage Chair Conference in Orlando, Florida. The inaugural Business Agility Conference in New York City. My specialization lives at the intersection – the realities and challenges of Business Agility for Mid-Market Companies and Corporations. Read More »

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