CRACKING THE AGILITY CODE
Mike Richardson has been a leading agility facilitator, mentor and coach since 2002, recognized as a thought leader cracking the code of agility for ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things, making possible tomorrow what seems impossible today. Mike leads the Team Agility Practice for Agility Consulting and Training. He is a world-leading specialist in Agile Decision Making and helping teams master the agility challenge of “C2C: Conversation-Flow to Cash-Flow” in an increasingly volatile world.
Mike specializes in facilitating, mentoring and coaching CEOs and their teams from start-ups to public/global companies, young and old, high-tech and low-tech, new-economy and old-economy, for-profit and not-for-profit. He is one of the most award winning and tenured peer-group facilitating Chairs and Resource-Speakers with Vistage International, the world’s leading membership organization of CEOs. He has chaired more than 500 peer group meetings and 1500 one-to-one coaching sessions with CEOs and senior executives.
He is one of Vistage’s most in-demand resource-speakers, nationally and internationally, and is recognized as the thought-leading agility expert in the global Vistage community of 17,000 members in 17 countries. He is an experienced CEO of businesses ranging from electronics to enterprise-software, involving turnarounds, acquisitions and disposals, in an international and global setting. He used to be part of the corporate management team of a British Top 100 public company, Spirent PLC, running its aerospace division.
Mike’s first-hand leadership agility learning journey started on oil and gas drilling rigs with Shell International as a petroleum engineer. From there, via an MBA at London Business School, he moved into the aerospace industry and rapidly gained experience in multiple line-management and executive roles. He quickly progressed to the business-agility challenge of profit-and-loss responsibility at a business-unit level and then at a divisional level.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Mike is now a U.S. citizen based in San Diego, where he is active in the community and serves on numerous boards. He is author of the book, “Wheel$pin: The Agile Executive’s Manifesto” in which he answers the question, “Why, despite all of our investments in strategic planning and implementation, business process reengineering and software, leadership development and team-building, do we still experience a lot more wheel-spin than we should? Which can cost us a fortune, our sense of prosperity and possibly our future?” The answer: agility (or rather, a lack of it) in the face of an increasingly volatile world.