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Cracking the Agility Code 100


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 »


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 »