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3D Printing Will Create VUCA in All Businesses

3D Printing Will Create VUCA in All Businesses

If you can 3D print a bridge, a car and a house, imagine the VUCA that 3D printing will create in all businesses.  We haven’t even begun to imagine. … and now 3D printing with concrete! Read More »


The VUCA of Driverless Cars is Coming, Probably Faster & Bigger Than You Think!

The VUCA of Driverless Cars is Coming, Probably Faster & Bigger Than You Think!

Watch this TED Talk video of Chris Umson, Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google, outlining how advanced the technology is already, of how the car sees the road, surrounding traffic, cyclists, school buses, pedestrians, road-works, traffic cops and more, making autonomous decisions about what to do. Self-Driving cars are probably coming a lot faster and bigger than you think.  Chris Umson ... Read More »


Making the Complex Elegantly Simple

Making the Complex Elegantly Simple

Agility is complex and most people over simplify it with stupid simplicity (read more).  That doesn’t end well!  I love to help audiences understand the essence of agility by using examples from my aerospace days – my favorite is the agility of a fighter plane, which is one of the most agile things we can think of.  I always get great feedback ... Read More »


Influencing Those, Who Influence Those, Who Influence Many!

Influencing Those, Who Influence Those, Who Influence Many!

One of the things we say in Vistage is “Influencing Those Who Influence Many“, which is why I love speaking about agility to small groups of CEOs in an interactive workshop setting – influencing CEOs who influence many executives/managers/employees to be more agile as leaders/teams/organizations. It gets even better when I am doing agility workshops with Vistage/TEC Chairs.  Influencing Chairs to ... Read More »


Imagine VUCA When You Have Hyper-Inflation!

Imagine VUCA When You Have Hyper-Inflation!

I just spent a week in Buenos Aries, Argentina, doing an all-day workshop with Vistage Chairs and a keynote for their all-city membership event, both focused on agility in an increasingly VUCA World (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity). They know VUCA in Argentina!  Political VUCA – with a history of everything from Military Coups to Evita (Eva Peron), they are in the middle of ... Read More »


The Digital Vortex – across all industries, the average time to disruption is just 3.1 years.

The Digital Vortex – across all industries, the average time to disruption is just 3.1 years.

Disrupt or be disrupted is the call from Cisco and this great research they did with IMD’s Global Center of Digital Business Transformation – they concluded: “The average time to disruption across all industries is 3.1 years!” “Four of today’s top 10 incumbents (in terms of market share) in each industry will be displaced by digital disruption in the next ... Read More »


City Resilience – The Enterprise Agility of Cities

City Resilience – The Enterprise Agility of Cities

Cities are developing their agility to cope, no matter what.  Majoring on the word “Resilience” rather than “Agility” (and the two are pretty interchangeably synonymous in many contexts and, as you will see, very much this context), the Rockefeller Foundation has developed a definition of City Resilience: City Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within ... Read More »


Agile Scenario Planning (Playing Chess with the Future with the Clock Ticking)

Agile Scenario Planning (Playing Chess with the Future with the Clock Ticking)

In an increasingly VUCA world, scenario-thinking and scenario-planning becomes increasingly crucial to be agile.  We need more agile approaches to scenario thinking and planning.  It’s like playing chess with the future with the clock ticking … increasingly quickly! Here are some resources to help you: McKinsey article:  Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Scenario Planning (June 2015) McKinsey article:  Strategy Under Uncertainty (June 2000 – ... Read More »


10 Lessons from Navy SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven

10 Lessons from Navy SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven

In his University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address, Admiral William H. McRaven reviewed 10 leadership lessons from his basic training as a Navy SEAL.  See video below. A great foundation for agile leadership. His 10 leadership lessons are: If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you want to change the world, ... Read More »


Chief Chaos Coach

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