Let's have an eye-level conversation. Are you Agile or Fragile? Are you an Agile Leadership Presence or a Fragile Leadership Presence? Are you part of the Fragile Majority or the Agile Minority? Part of your Fragility problem or part of your Agility solution?
What does it take to move from the Fragile Majority to the Agile Minority? As a leader, as a team, as an organization, as a business, with your innovation? Add all of that up, as an enterprise? Become students of Agility.
Inspiring Audiences to Become Students of Agility!
My keynote speaking has one aim … to inspire your audience to become students of agility … because their future prosperity pivots upon it, in business and in life, much more than they realize. To that end my topics are provocative, profound and practical, to help people crack the code of agility with new mindsets, skillsets and toolsets. I help them be ready, willing and able to go on the journey to mastery of agility.
A Pivot to Agile Mindsets, Skillsets, Toolsets.
With a Love/Hate Relationship at Eye-Level!
My success as an agile facilitator, coach/mentor and keynote speaker for CEOs and Senior Executives comes from my ability to be at eye-level with them - I have sat in their seat, mastering the secrets of agility the hard way, through real experience, the only way you really can. At eye-level, I love finding the agile-middle of accountability as an and-proposition of love and hate! They hate me when I will not let them shy away from the complexities of their whole agility challenge. They love me when I provide unconditional support to help them go on the journey to mastery of agility. Through a mixture of humorous and serious stories, with a little "Britishness" sprinkled in, I earn the right to be in the same eye-level, love/hate mode with my audiences.
Telling Stories & Using Examples to Reveal Insights into Agility Which Everyone Can Relate to
From my time as a Petroleum Engineer working on offshore drilling rigs for Shell, to climbing the corporate ladder of a British Public Company running the Aerospace division specializing in flight-safety, to serving on the board of a family business of automotive dealerships during one of the most tumultuous times in the Automotive industry’s history, to now working with a diverse range of clients and peer-group members across the full spectrum of businesses and industries, I have learned agility the hard way through real experience, which is the only way to real mastery. I love telling stories and using examples from these experiences to reveal insights into agility which everyone can relate to. I interpret the secrets of agility, translate them into business terms and facilitate CEOs, Senior Executives and their teams to institutionalize them into an Agility Operating System. Read More: About Mike Richardson and CV Bio Resume for Mike Richardson
Stories and Examples, Revealing Insights into Agility Everyone Can Relate To
Learned the Hard Way Through Real Experience
Tailored to your audience, premier topics include:
Thriving in the Chaos of a VUCA World: The 5 Realities & Roles of Everyday Agile Leadership & Teamwork
Learning what agile leaders do every day to build the agile teamwork needed to prevail, survive and thrive in the increasing chaos of the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) business world in which we live. My message to CEOs, Senior Executives and Managers? If you don't take full responsibility to be Chief of these 5 roles in your business, overcoming the 5 realities, then trust me, nobody else will! You risk paying a huge price. Read More (sharing the stage with Jim Collins).
Agile Confidence: The Secret of 21st Century Teamwork & Leadership
Understanding the secrets of teams and leaders who are fully present to and fully engaged in the agility challenge of today’s VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) business world, with the confidence which comes from that, remaining composed and courageous. My message to CEOs, Senior Executives and Managers? Be in the minority who are an Agile Leadership Presence not the majority who are a Fragile Leadership Presence. Read More (comparing notes with Alan Mulally, ex CEO of Ford)
Cracking the Code of Enterprise Agility: The Mindsets, Skillsets & Toolsets for Agile High-Performance-Teamwork and Leadership
Comprehending the whole challenge, the whole problem and the whole solution of agility, enterprise wide and enterprise deep, to be in traction and avoid wheel-spin on your desired trajectory as a high-performance-team. My message to CEOs, Senior Executives and Managers? Enterprise agility is the only competitive advantage which has any permanence these days. Everything else is increasingly temporary, increasingly quickly.
Peering into Agility: Leveraging Peer-Advantage into Agility-Advantage C2C (from Conversation-Flow to Cash-Flow)
Distilling the communication element of our agility challenge these days ... Conversation-Flow to Cash-Flow (C2C) ... to keep our cash-flow on the rails we must keep our conversation-flow on the rails (if our conversation-flow derails in the present, our cash-flow derails in the future; to change the trajectory of our cash-flow in the future we must change the trajectory our conversation-flow in the present, with the agility required). There is no better tool than leveraging the power of peers (Peering into Team-Agility & Talent-Agility: A New Tool for HR). My message to CEOs, Senior Executives and Managers? Conversation becomes cash! A team’s success or failure with cash-flow is caused by its success or failure with conversation-flow, with the agility required. Stack the odds in your favor by leveraging the power of peers. Peer-Advantage becomes Agility-Advantage.
Just did my favorite keynote, "Thriving in Chaos: The 5 Roles of Everyday Agile Leaders" for an all-city member event in Buenos Aires, Argentina ... with 300 CEOs and Senior Executives of diverse businesses and industries (with simultaneous translation - hence Spanish elements in the video below - I come on about 45 seconds into the video).
What Others are Saying
“Mike Richardson rocked! As the keynote speaker at our August 2015 Buenos Aires all-city, he commanded the room with his keynote stagecraft and presence, inspiring our 300 members, guests and chairs to be more agile in an increasingly VUCA world (Volatility, Complexity, Uncertainty, Ambiguity). His topic might be one of the most important and timely we have ever had and he does a great job making the complex simple, with a uniquely informing and entertaining mixture of stories, examples and frameworks. I strongly recommend him for any keynote event.”
- Alejo Canton, President, Vistage Argentina
"I selected Mike Richardson as our keynote workshop leader. His message is on creating agile organizations. It was a rousing, exciting, dynamic three hours of fun and deep insight. The feedback in my follow up 1-2-1’s was overwhelmingly positive. Mike does a wonderful job, either in a regular group setting or in a custom designed situation such as this. Book him for your members who are struggling with finding an organizational design that remains relevant in a rapidly changing world."
- David Belden, Vistage Chair & Eli Global Leadership Institute
Mike has a unique ability to convey complex concepts in simple terms with a style that audiences can really connect with. His depth of experience, knowledge and passion moves audience members to think and act differently.
We have been doing moderated panels for many years and the feedback from many of the attendees was that the panel Mike Richardson moderated was the best yet, in very large part to Mike’s combination of skills and style. Indeed, one of our CEO panelists said it was one of the best panels he had ever been on. Mike is an insightful, dynamic and energizing moderator, with a natural approach to keeping things flowing and on track. By keeping the audience and panelists engaged in an active dialogue he maximizes value all round.
Mike Richardson spoke to my CEO group last month on execution. We do not have many speakers on execution in the system. Mike did an amazing job of addressing the challenges of executing and gave my members tools that they could take back and start working with. Mike challenges the members and makes them think.
Mike makes the learning points universally relevant for all, regardless of company size, type or maturity. He makes numerous resources available for download and use in your companies, many of which are free.
Mike’s insight, process and tools are helping us conquer the paradoxical balance between strategy & operations, short term & long term and leadership & management – a balance which can be so elusive with the resource constraints and demands of a small, engineering intensive business such as ours. Our focus has sharpened on a clearer path and we are increasingly able to sustain a strategy process as a key contributor to our success.
Mike Richardson is the complete package. Exceptional content, great presentation, great style and members are using the tools he provided since his October presentation. They have gone from rating him 5’s to putting his material to use. His topic is ‘In The driving Seat…Translating Strategy and Execution into Traction.’ Traction is the word and the tools my Members are using to make their execution more efficient and effective through out their whole organization. We have had some outstanding speakers this last year Mike is getting the most follow up by members. I would gladly share are questions on his two presentations that he made to my groups. Grab him quick is my recommendation for a very timely practical message.
As an experienced CEO (and previously a consultant with Bain & Co), I have seen a lot of strategic planning processes which fall far short of expectations! I was fearful of the same with Mike’s process, but was very pleasantly surprised. I am now an enthusiastic convert and strong advocate of this approach – it really is highly tuned to the complexities of our challenge as CEOs of fast-moving businesses in increasingly uncertain, volatile and turbulent times. As a result, we are translating more strategy and more execution into more traction.
Succeeding as an entrepreneur in today’s world means moving at speeds though impossible just a decade ago. Companies like Groupon and Zynga are reaching billions in sales and valuations above $20 billion in just 3-4 years. Agility and speed are not only critical factors for survival but without them you’ll get crushed. Mike is helping us become world class at agile execution and he’s doing so in a practical yet inspiring way.
I love the Traction Plan tool – that’s how the mind of an entrepreneur works!
I have been through a lot of strategic planning processes in my career and this is the best I have seen. It is complete, straight-forward and as simple or as sophisticated as you want to make it.
See more about my speaking activities at the Speaking category of my blog, featured here in right-hand sidebar, or via the blog landing page shown below.
Amongst many others:
- Cracking the Agility Code: Agile-Principles for Non-Agile Leaders (Pivoting to Agile Mindsets, Skillsets and Toolsets)
- Vistage Executive Summit: “Cracking the Agility Code: an update of the latest in agile thinking & trends to be bold in times of constant disruption”