Welcome

And thank you for visiting.  What kind of breakthrough are you looking for?

I’ve been inviting agility and high performance, with clients and colleagues on six continents, since 1991.  I support leaders and champions, innovators and learners, disrupters and transformers.

This website is a kind of personal and professional notebook, shared openly since 1998.  Please have a look around – and contact me if you think we might have something to talk about or do together.

I’d be glad to talk with you about whatever project or breakthrough you’re working on – and how we can use those challenges to make your team, your organization, or your community more agile and inviting.

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Engage, Collaborate, Transform

My work helps leaders bring people together to get big stuff done. We can engage dozens (or hundreds!) of people in Open Space meetings. Deliver projects and large programs with Scrum and other agile methods. Develop whole-business or community-wide agility with Enterprise Scrum and other scaling frameworks.

Always, we begin with a business purpose or goal that matters. We get all hands on deck. Surface and sort all the issues and requirements. Deliver fast and frequent results. Review and improve.  Learn, transform and evolve.

In Challenging Environments

I work at all levels, of any kind of organization and community. I guide leaders, managers, teams, and much larger groups. They often share goals and dependencies – but aren’t always aligned and pulling together. I help them connect, collaborate and deliver important outcomes. Larger companies innovate their way out of the old, deep ruts of “the way it’s always been done.” Start-ups grow and evolve faster, smarter and easier.

Large or small, my clients tend to be complex tangles of diverse stakeholders, potential conflict, and growing urgency. Their needs and challenges can be immediate or evolutionary, opportunities or threats. Sometimes they are all of the above! But with an expeditionary mindset, these challenges become energizing and engaging, as well.

A Positive, Practical Approach

I look for what’s working and why it works.  Then I introduce practices that help people make more of that. This is easier, more effective, and more satisfying than “driving people” directly into “solving problems.” That said, sometimes “problems” is where the work must begin – and “solutions” is the urgent, driving need.

My role and title depends on the situation. I’ve worked as…

  • Organization Effectiveness Consultant
  • Meeting, Process, Workshop or Conference Designer and Facilitator
  • Interim Manager, Program Manager and Project Manager
  • Agile Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Scrum Master
  • Expedition leader and team member

What can I bring to the projects, changes and challenges you’re up against? Let’s talk!

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If a living system is unhealthy, the way to make it more healthy is to reconnect it with more of itself.Francisco Varela