No Way Out

Mark McGrath and Brian "Ponch" Rivera

Welcome to the No Way Out podcast where we examine the variety of domains and disciplines behind John R. Boyd’s OODA sketch and why, today, more than ever, it is an imperative to understand Boyd’s axiomatic sketch of how organisms, individuals, teams, corporations, and governments comprehend, shape, and adapt in our VUCA world.

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Peak Performance with Jeff Sutherland, PhD
Feb 13 2024
Peak Performance with Jeff Sutherland, PhD
Jeff Sutherland, PhD,  co-creator of Scrum and former RF-4C fighter pilot, discusses the state of the Agile community and the challenges faced in Agile transformations. He explores the connection between John Boyd's Energy-0Maneuverability Theory and Agile, as well as the application of neuroscience principles to Agile practices. Dr. Sutherland emphasizes the importance of individual and team performance in achieving peak performance. He also highlights the need for leadership and change in organizations to embrace Agile. Finally, he addresses the urgency of Agile in today's rapidly evolving world and the potential for Agile to drive significant improvements in productivity and competitiveness. The conversation explores various themes related to Agile, Scrum, and the intersection of technology and human performance. It delves into the importance of going back to first principles, the lessons learned from the military, the concept of human-machine teaming, the collaboration between Scrum and AI, the significance of Scrum in planning and execution, the focus on reducing energy and improving performance, the connection between Buddhism and optimization, and the expression of gratitude and acknowledgment. Overall, the conversation highlights the pivotal time in history and the responsibility of the Agile community to shape the positive impact of technology.Jeff Sutherland, PhD on LinkedIn Jeff Sutherland, PhD on X Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the TimeScrum, Inc. The Scrum Guide  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Flaws and f-Laws of "TOPGUN" Thinking with Whiz, Ponch, and Gareth
Jan 23 2024
Flaws and f-Laws of "TOPGUN" Thinking with Whiz, Ponch, and Gareth
What do Top Guns get wrong about leading in complexity.? What do they get right?The conversation explores some common flaws of “TOPGUN” thinking—those bounded lessons borrowed from the cockpit and applied as gospel by business leaders—and the uncomfortable truths TOPGUNs know about business, leadership, life and teamwork. Three former “TOPGUNs” turned business consultants and authors challenge established practices often preached by former military consultants to include closing the execution gap, the limitations of the Swiss cheese model in complex environments, and the overuse of checklists.Throughout our discussion, we peel back the layers of organizational safety and psychological dynamics that govern team success. We address the often overlooked value of cognitive diversity and the role of leadership in fostering environments where honest feedback fuels progress. Discover how the principles of cockpit resource management can revolutionize the way you approach team interactions and planning processes. And prepare to be intrigued as we delve into the surprising connection between effective debriefing and the potential of psychedelics in personal growth and team building.Finally, we reflect on poignant lessons from corporate giants and the evolving battle between alternative healing modalities and big pharma. With an eye on the market dynamics of the future, we anticipate the significant shifts this conflict may bring. Our conversation stands as a testament to continuous growth and the relentless pursuit of organizational excellence. So buckle up and join us for a journey that promises to challenge your preconceptions and inspire innovation at every turn.No Fallen Heroes Foundation E. Matthew "Whiz" Buckley on LinkedIn TOPGUN OptionsGareth Lock on LinkedIn Covid Crash: From Panic to Profit: How a Navy Fighter Pilot Used Combat Strategies to Beat Wall StreetUnder Pressure AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Meltdown 2024? Not if Leaders Rethink Risk Management and Embrace Complexity with Chris Clearfield | S2, Ep1
Jan 3 2024
Meltdown 2024? Not if Leaders Rethink Risk Management and Embrace Complexity with Chris Clearfield | S2, Ep1
Today, we're exploring the fascinating world of complexity, risk management, and trust with our guest, Chris Clearfield. He's a former derivatives trader, commercial pilot and co-author of "Meltdown," a book that delves into the collapse of complex systems. Chris brings a unique perspective to the table, combining his diverse background with a sharp understanding of the intersection between humans and machines.We discuss the power of curiosity and the importance of feedback loops in decision-making. We also explore the transformative role of trust in the financial market and business consulting. Chris helps us understand the need for leaders to take a fearless approach to consulting, breaking away from traditional models.In the latter half of our conversation, we delve deeper into the books that have shaped our professional journeys. One such book is "The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures," which challenges conventional wisdom on decision-making. We also dissect the role of psychological safety in the workplace and highlight the pivotal role that human connectedness can play. Tune in and join us in this enlightening journey, packed with invaluable insights and knowledge.Clearfield Group Chris Clearfield on LinkedInBooks mentioned:Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About ItThe Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Unleashing the Power of the Team OODA loop: Lessons from High-Performance Teams in Risk Management and Debriefing with Gareth Lock | Ep 57
Dec 11 2023
Unleashing the Power of the Team OODA loop: Lessons from High-Performance Teams in Risk Management and Debriefing with Gareth Lock | Ep 57
Picture this: a world where every team in your organization is functioning at peak performance, communication is seamless, and misunderstandings are a thing of the past. Sounds like a fantasy, right? Not after you gear up for this conversation with our guest, Gareth Lock. We're unearthing the hidden power of teamwork and the dire consequences of overlooking its importance.We're shattering the myths and misconceptions around teams and their development, bringing to light the real components of effective teamwork: shared experiences, trust, and the capacity to take responsibility. Expect to have your views on teamwork radically transformed as we discuss insights from high-performance teams. We dissect the intertwining roles of technical abilities, collaboration, risk management, and—of course—debriefing and sense-making. Our chat doesn't end with theory; we're giving you practical solutions to improve communication and foster a learning-friendly environment within your teams. Join us as we share effective communication techniques, hands-on learning activities, and the nitty-gritty of cultivating teamwork skills through workshops. We cap off with the importance of reflection and identifying key lessons. So, are you ready to redefine teamwork and turbocharge your team's performance?Gareth Lock on LinkedInThe Human DiverUnder Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Taking Flight: Exploring the Intersection of Design, Aviation, and Engineering Psychology with John Flach | Ep 56
Dec 4 2023
Taking Flight: Exploring the Intersection of Design, Aviation, and Engineering Psychology with John Flach | Ep 56
Are you tuned in to the spellbinding world of design and aviation? Well, let's buckle up for an exhilarating journey as we navigate through the skies of human factors and engineering psychology with our esteemed guest, John Flach. Starting with the origins of engineering psychology, we'll take you through the intriguing story of John Denver, whose tragic end was prompted by design constraints in his experimental aircraft. We also turn the spotlight on human-centered and use-centered design and the integral role of situational awareness.In the later part of our conversation, we shift gears to discuss control systems, cybernetics, and their massive impact on the scientific community. Our guest John will guide us through James Gibson's path-breaking work on affordances, which revolves around the concept of viewing the world in terms of action systems. Hold your breath as we unravel the intricate relationship between optic flow and control flight, and how environmental factors can potentially influence a pilot's perception of speed, leading to catastrophic consequences.As we reach the runway, we will reflect on the role of technology in problem-solving, drawing inspiration from the Wright brothers and their innovative approach to aircraft design. Get ready to be fascinated as we explore the world of neuroscience and John Boyd's doodle loop. We close our discussion by pondering on Boyd's work, the power of synergy, and the paramount importance of channeling action towards a shared objective. So, fasten your seatbelts and get set for a riveting and enlightening conversation! AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
'Slowify:' How Winning Organizations Create Fingerspitzengefühl & Einheit with Steven J. Spear, DBA | Ep 55
Nov 15 2023
'Slowify:' How Winning Organizations Create Fingerspitzengefühl & Einheit with Steven J. Spear, DBA | Ep 55
How are winning organizations wired? Ready to elevate your perspective on complex problem-solving? Brace yourself as we invite Shingo Prize Winner  Steven J.  Spear to a lively discussion on navigating the fast-paced world of technology and organizational complexity. Dr. Spear introduces us to the concept of 'slowification,' an innovative method of architecting operations around human cognitive capabilities. This enlightening conversation promises a fresh insight into how organizations can shift from being in a danger zone to a winning zone.Ever wondered about the role of planning in the world of knowledge work? We delve into the historical military strategies and lessons learned from the Battle of Midway in 1929. Dr. Spear emphasizes the need for challenging ideas during the planning process, a concept inspired by the Japanese Admiralty's approach used in said battle. We also explore the relevance of case-based reasoning, resilience engineering, and high-reliability theory in the DevOps community, drawing parallels with European city architecture and the scientific breakthroughs of Isaac Newton.Our conversation concludes with invaluable lessons learned from the US Navy's nuclear reactors program. We underscore the essence of establishing precise standards, tracking progress, and forming feedback loops. We extend an invitation to you, our listener, as we uncover how to thrive in an ever-evolving landscape of technological advancement and organizational complexity. Tune in and let's navigate this journey together.Steven J. Spear on LinkedIn Wiring the Winning OrganizationHigh-Velocity EdgeSteve J. Spear Wikipedia PageShattered Sword: The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Decoding John Boyd: Unveiling the Complexity and Influence of His Theories with Shawn Callahan, PhD | Ep 54
Nov 6 2023
Decoding John Boyd: Unveiling the Complexity and Influence of His Theories with Shawn Callahan, PhD | Ep 54
Are you ready for a mind-blowing exploration of the profound theories of military strategist John Boyd? Buckle up, as we've brought on Shawn Callahan to guide you through the maze of complexities surrounding Boyd's misunderstood Orientation-Observation-Decision-Action (OODA) Loop. Often written off as a simple time-competitive process, Shawn enlightens us on the significance of understanding orientation to truly unlock the power behind Boyd's concepts. The journey doesn't stop there. We navigate through the intriguing impact Boyd had on the Academy, shedding light on how his abrasive personality and scarce written work may have served as a barrier to understanding his revolutionary ideas. Shawn also underscores the potential of Boyd's theories in fostering organizational evolution and growth. Plus, we delve into the unsung connection between Boyd's study of thermodynamics and his energy maneuverability theory - an insight you wouldn't want to miss.As we pivot towards Boyd's influence on the Marine Corps, Shawn expresses concern over the reduction of these theories to mere dogma and advocates for a much-needed revision to restore Boyd's original intent. Together, we emphasize the importance of advancing Boyd's ideas and works, echoing the need for more publications to propagate these concepts amongst professionals and students. It's a captivating exploration of John Boyd's legacy that will leave you pondering long after. So, are you ready to challenge your preconceived notions and discover the true power of Boyd's ideas? Tune in! AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Theory of Constraints: Flow, TPS and Boyd's OODA Loop with Steve Holt | Ep 53
Nov 2 2023
Theory of Constraints: Flow, TPS and Boyd's OODA Loop with Steve Holt | Ep 53
What influence did the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapon School (TOPGUN) in the 1970s have on John Boyd’s thinking? This was the question Steve Holt, a Technical Fellow at Boeing, and Ponch were discussing before they decided to record their conversation. This episode picks up as Steve and Ponch agree that the TOPGUN-Boyd story captured in Dan Pederson’s book, TOPGUN provides some insights on Boyd's closed to open system journey. Together, Steve and Ponch explore how Boyd’s pioneering E-M Theory altered the landscape of aircraft design, while brushing up against concepts like the Free Energy Principle and agility.This discussion took an intriguing turn into a critical analysis of the Theory of Constraints, tracing its origins back to Eliyahu Goldratt’s groundbreaking business novel, 'The Goal'. The concept of constraints came under our microscope, shedding light on how these seemingly limiting factors can actually serve to supercharge a system's performance. Steve elucidated how Goldratt’s approach to the Theory of Constraints focuses on understanding what could be going on in the system and how to capitalize on it.The conversation then shifted towards the often misunderstood subject of inherent simplicity and how it can be harnessed to manage a system's performance. The concept of inherent simplicity, as explained by Steve, is often misinterpreted. In reality, it serves as a powerful tool for managing capacity and constraints in systems.Steve Holt on LinkedIn AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Constraints, Context, Complexity, and Culture with Alicia Juarrero, PhD | Ep 52
Oct 30 2023
Constraints, Context, Complexity, and Culture with Alicia Juarrero, PhD | Ep 52
At the heart of an organization is a web of interdependencies, with elements such as task interdependence, reward systems, and even the smallest artifacts influencing behavior. These interactions and relationships bring an organization to life, allowing it to adapt, evolve, and respond to changes. By understanding these dynamics, leaders can effectively navigate the complexities of their organizations, creating a more robust and adaptive structure.  Complex systems are not bound by the second law of thermodynamics. Rather, they continue to evolve in ways that can seem perplexing at first. Through a detailed discussion of the theories of Heisenberg, Prigogine, Bejan, Collier and more, Juarrero provides insight into the purpose of the OODA loop, the mysteries of entropy, far-from-equilibrium systems, and the role of constraints in organizations. Understanding these concepts can empower individuals within organizations, endowing them with unique abilities they might not have otherwise possessed.Observation and orientation play a crucial role in complex systems. Proprioception, or the sixth sense, forms the cornerstone of this discussion. This ability, often used by professional athletes to navigate space, is a crucial aspect of our interactions with complex systems. The interplay between culture, genetics, and experience, along with external environmental factors, can influence our orientation and decisions. By understanding these factors, we can better understand the OODA loop and navigate complex systems and adapt to changes.Alicia Juarrero, PhD on LinkedInAlicia Juarrero, PhD on MIT PressAlicia Juarrero, PhD on The Cynefin Company  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
The Triple Helix of Flow: The Flow System Playbook with John Turner, PhD and Nigel Thurlow | Ep 51
Oct 24 2023
The Triple Helix of Flow: The Flow System Playbook with John Turner, PhD and Nigel Thurlow | Ep 51
Ever wondered how to bridge the gap between theory and practice when dealing with complex problems in your organization? Are you searching for practical and evidence based solutions that address  human factors, human performance, and mental health? As we discuss the  upcoming Flow System Playbook, set to release in November, we take you on a deep dive into the evidence-based approach of the Flow System. We highlight the importance of comprehending how to apply the methods and techniques to your unique context. The conversation takes a fascinating turn as we, Ponch, Professor John Turner and Nigel Thurlow, reflect on our diverse backgrounds, from flying fighter jets to working on the production line. We share insights on how these experiences have shaped the Flow System Playbook. We also discuss the Flow System's potential in bridging the gap between theory and practice when dealing with complex problems. We delve into the application of the Triple Helix of Flow in interconnecting the complexity thinking, distributive leadership, and team science to achieve flow. The conversation doesn't stop there as we also highlight the importance of adapting in organizational coaching and the critical role of distributed leadership.Finally, we explore the wealth of knowledge contained within the Flow System Playbook, the role of the practitioner, and the power of understanding this knowledge. We highlight the new Hexi Tool included in the book, which allows for exploration and facilitating workshops. We also shed light on free tools and resources provided to help organizations get started with the Flow System. So come, join us, as we navigate the fascinating concepts of the Flow System Playbook and discover how it can help you and your organization handle complexity with ease. Get Flow TrainedThe Flow Guide (Free download)The Flow System John Turner, PhD on LinkedinJohn Turner, PhD at UNT Nigel Thurlow on LinkedInNigel Thurlow AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Red Teaming with Colonel (Ret.) Steven Rotkoff
Oct 19 2023
Red Teaming with Colonel (Ret.) Steven Rotkoff
Steve Rotkoff,  former director of the U.S. Army’s “Red Team University”, unpacks the principles of Red Teaming and its powerful application in various arenas, beyond just warfare. This process emphasizes the significance of divergence before convergence and the mitigation of groupthink, leading to the development of innovative solutions.We journey through the evolution of the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) curriculum and delve into stories of how Red Teaming is being applied in diverse fields such as software, social media, telecommunications, and international policy schools. Steve Rotkoff shares his personal experiences and lessons learned from these implementations, emphasizing the importance of cognitive diversity and understanding how to leverage it effectively.Steven Rotkoff on LinkedIn Steve Rotkoff is the former director of the U.S. Army’s University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, also known as “Red Team University” and one of the principal architects of the Army’s red team training program.  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Wargaming: Building Adaptive Leadership Capability with Ian Brown
Oct 16 2023
Wargaming: Building Adaptive Leadership Capability with Ian Brown
Ready for a mental workout that will leave you with a deeper understanding of maneuver warfare, wargaming, and strategic thinking? Buckle up as we delve into the influential work of John Boyd, the man behind OODA Loop, and his significant impact on the US Marines. Our guest, the author of "New Conception of War, John Boyd, the US Marines and Maneuver Warfare," shares his insights on Boyd's contributions and the challenges of institutionalizing maneuver warfare.We also traverse the captivating realm of wargaming, discussing its role in enhancing decision-making skills and understanding complex s environments. The conversation touches upon the potential misuse of war games, the importance of clear objectives, and the varying interpretations of the Millennium Challenge 2002 war game led by General Paul K Van Riper. Whether you are well-versed in military tactics or a novice, the insights in this discussion will change the way you view strategic decision-making.Rounding off our intellectual expedition, we explore the potential pitfalls of wargaming and how these can be sidestepped by ensuring everyone has a thorough understanding of the game's purpose. Plus, we reflect on how war gaming could be a game-changer in developing the habit of decision-making and equipping individuals for complex circumstances. So, if you’re ready to revolutionize your strategic thinking, this episode is a must-listen.A New Conception Of War: John Boyd, The U.S. Marines and Maneuver Warfare by Ian Brown A New Conception of War PDF The John Boyd Primer by Ian Brown AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Flow: Reimagining Agile (WAF 2023 Panel: Hendrickson, Kerievsky, Kleiner, Denning, Kern)
Oct 7 2023
Flow: Reimagining Agile (WAF 2023 Panel: Hendrickson, Kerievsky, Kleiner, Denning, Kern)
Ready to unlock the potential of flow and examine the future of Agile? This episode promises to immerse you in a captivating discussion with our guests Chet Hendrickson, Steve Denning,  Jon Kern,  Joshua Kerievsky, and Mirko Kleiner, as we collectively navigate the realms of management, safety, human-centered design, and cognitive diversity. We take a deep dive into the essence of safety in eXtreme Programming (XP) and Agile, emphasizing its critical role in achieving optimized performance. Prepare for an insightful dissection of the status quo as we learn from the Hyatt housekeepers' innovative solutions to everyday problems.Thriving in any industry requires a keen understanding of its evolution.  Imagine a future where mental health, psychological safety, and lifestyle habits such as food, exercise, and sleep converge to create a conducive environment for change. This episode is designed to push the boundaries of your thinking and awaken your curiosity as we explore Agile beyond the traditional "echo chamber."To wrap things up, we cast a speculative look at Agile management's impact on CEOs and the future of businesses. Brace yourselves as we dive headfirst into the sea of artificial intelligence, assessing both the potential benefits and the risks involved. We envision what a multi-dimensional reimagination of management would look like and speculate on the implications of such a drastic change in business schools. With the aim to spark a revolution in your mind, we unravel the concept of an agile organization, from human factors to implementation, and consider the potential of 20% of firms to put the bottom 80% out of business. Are you ready to reimagine the future of agility and management with us? Let's get started!Steve Denning Joshua KerievskyMirko KleinerChet Hendrickson Jon Kern Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Dr. Delia McCabe and Pete Behrens: Neuroscience & Leadership in the Age of AI (World Agility Forum 2023)
Oct 4 2023
Dr. Delia McCabe and Pete Behrens: Neuroscience & Leadership in the Age of AI (World Agility Forum 2023)
Ready to journey into the fascinating intersection of neuroscience, leadership, and AI? We promise insights that will transform your understanding of leadership coaching in an AI-dominated era. Join us as our esteemed guests, Dr Delia McCabe and Pete Barron, guide us through complex topics such as handling information overload, the potential of generative AI in the job market, and the paradoxical behaviour of individuals indulging in harmful activities despite awareness of their risks. What happens when leaders miscalculate and dismiss their subordinates? How does our brain function in leadership roles? Our in-depth conversation takes a critical turn as we probe these significant questions and more. We share valuable tips on establishing boundaries for mental well-being. Additionally, we navigate the role of dopamine hits for stress reduction and the intriguing dynamics of our PFCs as the day progresses. And guess what? We don't stop there.We explore the future of learning and creativity in an AI-driven world. We also inspect how businesses are adopting remote work and gatherings intentionally. Discover the importance of clear goal setting and optimizing brain neurology for productivity from our experts. Reflect on the influence of AI on creativity, innovation, leadership, and decision-making. It's an episode loaded with novel insights that are too enticing to miss. So, are you ready to redefine your perspective? Tune in and let the exploration begin!Dr. Delia McCabe on LinkedInPete Behrens on LinkedIn World Agility Forum Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Sonja Blignaut & Nigel Thurlow: Human Factors in the Age of AI (World Agility Forum 2023)
Sep 28 2023
Sonja Blignaut & Nigel Thurlow: Human Factors in the Age of AI (World Agility Forum 2023)
Prepare to have your mind expanded as we journey through the intricate relationship of complexity and AI in the ever-evolving world of business. Join our esteemed guests, Nigel Thurlow and Sonja Blignaut, as we confront the inescapable realities of uncertainty and ambiguity that loom in our world. We delve into the rise of what Thurlow labels as "bullshit jobs," and the importance of understanding our environment, relationships, and human factors in this era of AI. This discussion is not just enlightening; it's a stepping stone in unraveling the enigma that is complexity.As we navigate this uncharted territory, we examine the impact of social media, the desire for instant gratification, and the influence of machine learning algorithms on our behavior and workplaces. We also bring to light strategies to face these challenges and encourage adaptability and changeability. This isn't a survival guide for the digital age; it's a compass to guide us through the labyrinth of the modern world.Lastly, we contemplate the implications of AI and automation on our lives, from the encroaching dominance of AI over routine jobs to the possibility of a future where AI can detect non-value-added activity. As we take a step back to observe our obsession with TikTok and our dwindling attention spans, we consider what it means to maintain our humanness. In a world that's constantly changing, we explore the themes of responsibility, accountability, and perception, and how viewing reality from different angles can shape our future. Join us on this enlightening journey and see the world through a new lens.World Agility Forum Sonja BlignautNigel Thurlow The Flow System Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Befriending Complexity: Agile, Flow, and the Art of Wayfinding with Sonja Blignaut
Sep 24 2023
Befriending Complexity: Agile, Flow, and the Art of Wayfinding with Sonja Blignaut
From Lisbon, Portugal, Brian "Ponch" Rivera sits down with Sonja Blignaut to discuss her upcoming talk at the World Agility Forum. Sonja shares her process of preparing for the talk and the challenges of navigating complexity in the Agile world. They also delve into the importance of embracing complexity instead of viewing it as a problem to be solved. Sonja shares her insights from her visit to the John Boyd archives and how it has influenced her understanding of perception and wayfinding. Sonja is the founder of More Beyond and co-founder of ComplexityFit. She is also the ex-CEO of Cognitive Edge (now The Cynefin Co). She is a globally sought-after teacher and speaker on topics related to Complexity, Cynefin, Waysfinding, and enabling Future- and Complexity Fitness. Sonja Blignaut on LinkedInMorebeyondComplexity FitWorld Agility Forum  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
The Power and Origins of Decision-Forcing Cases: History, Application, and Transformational Learning with Bruce Gudmundsson
Sep 18 2023
The Power and Origins of Decision-Forcing Cases: History, Application, and Transformational Learning with Bruce Gudmundsson
Ever wonder why Harvard Business School started using decision forcing cases (DFCs) way back in 1923? Buckle up and prepare to be enlightened as we journey into the past with Bruce Gudmundsson, unraveling the origins and applications of this powerful tool that was also adopted by the US Army Infantry School. We're talking about a method that builds your skills and mindset to tackle wicked problems by putting you in the shoes of past decision-makers who faced tough challenges.Imagine the pressure of running a manufacturing plant, leading a law firm, or even coaching a football team - it's intense! Well, the principles of DFCs are not just for historical or military situations. Bruce reveals how the Socratic Method and orientation are integral to DFCs and demonstrates how this approach can be utilized across diverse fields. From Xenophon's interpretation of Socrates to the creation of business versions of military history, you're in for a treat.But make no mistake, studying decision forcing cases isn't just about absorbing information. It's about transforming the way you think and developing your character. Bruce emphasizes how learning from history and understanding the limits of our knowledge can empower us to make better decisions, even under pressure. And if you're wondering where to apply these lessons, look no further than the Decision Game Club - a melting pot of insights from different ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. Get ready to change the way you approach decision-making!Decision Forcing Cases by Bruce Gudmundsson Welcome To The Case Method by Bruce Gudmundsson The Tactical Notebook Substack by Bruce Gudmundsson Extra Muros Substack by Bruce Gudmundsson No Way Out Episode 15 with Chris Butler AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Understanding the Intricacies of Middle Market Businesses with Doug Farren | Ep 43
Sep 11 2023
Understanding the Intricacies of Middle Market Businesses with Doug Farren | Ep 43
Harness the untapped potential of middle market companies with insights from Doug Farren! This episode uncovers the labyrinth of the middle market, defined by annual revenues of $10 million to $1 billion, and its three unique segments. Unearth how these companies, spread across every US city and industry, function in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment, and their agile response to the pandemic.Engage in a riveting discussion on the distinct challenges and opportunities middle market companies confront. Discover how their size permits direct team member interaction, paving the way for a unique experience in comparison to larger corporations. Yet, they face hurdles in attracting and retaining talent due to an unclear employee value proposition. Learn about the transformative power of peer learning and team exercises to overcome the 'growth wall'.Let's navigate the realm of technology and leadership within the middle market. Doug emphasizes the indispensable role of trusted advisors for these firms during crucial decision-making processes such as M&A transactions. Unwrap how technology is reshaping job roles, replacing low-skilled positions while opening doors for advanced, digitally proficient roles. We also candidly discuss how the National Center for the Middle Market and local chambers of commerce can bolster support for these businesses. Lastly, we delve into the significance of empowering employees and the burgeoning impact of distributed leadership in these companies. Tune in to hear Doug's insights and take your understanding of the middle market to another level!National Center for the Middle Market  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
Team Science: Building High-Performance Teams with Eduardo Salas, PhD | Ep 42
Sep 7 2023
Team Science: Building High-Performance Teams with Eduardo Salas, PhD | Ep 42
Is there a way to turn a team of experts into an expert team? What can business leaders learn from Coach Prime (Coach Deion Sanders, head football coach at the University of Colorado, Boulder)? Uncover the true magic of Team Science and its profound impact on organizational outcomes in our fascinating conversation with Teams That Work co-author, Eduardo Salas, PhD. Will you fall into the common myths that hinder efficient collaboration, or rise above with the evidence-based guidance from our distinguished guest? Discover how the art of team planning, action, and learning can revolutionize your workplace dynamics.Journey with us as we navigate the intricate maze of task interdependence and its crucial place in understanding group and team context. We delve into the Navy's TADMUS program and aviation Crew Resource Management (CRM) and their revolutionary influence on Team Science.  Finally, we walk you through the essential steps of effective team planning and debriefing, elucidating the importance of a shared mental model within a team. Why is debriefing a game-changer, and how does it reduce unexpected events? We explore, with Eduardo Salas, the immense contributions he has made to the field of Team Science. From his groundbreaking work in aviation to his support of Nigel Thurlow,  Professor John Turner, and Brian Rivera's work on the Flow System, his insights are a treasure trove for anyone seeking to understand the intricacies of team dynamics. Eduardo Salas, PhDTeams That WorkEduardo Salas, PhD on Wikipedia  AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...
The Power of Debriefing: An Insight Into Effective Teamwork with Scott Tannenbaum, PhD | Ep 41
Aug 29 2023
The Power of Debriefing: An Insight Into Effective Teamwork with Scott Tannenbaum, PhD | Ep 41
We're thrilled to have Scott Tannenbaum, PhD, a distinguished expert in the field of team science, joining us for an insightful conversation that will definitely pique your interest. Get ready to gain a wealth of knowledge as we delve into the heart of team evolution, the power of feedback, and the art and science of debriefing. From the tech industry’s retrospectives to the military’s debriefing practices, we scrutinize different sectors' approaches and uncover secrets to team improvement.Let's dissect the importance of psychological safety in a team – a factor that could make or break success. We discuss the impact of asymmetrical power relationships and how leaders can foster a psychologically safe environment for everyone to thrive. Going beyond the scope of an individual, we explore how leaders can set their team up for success, and even delve into NASA's ingenious practices that enhance role clarity. Wrapping up our chat, we touch on the rise of rapidly formed teams, the significance of behavioral markers, and the importance of simulation in team development. We shed light on how traditional solutions for intact teams might not always apply to the rapidly changing team structures in today's workplaces.. So if team effectiveness, debriefing, and psychological safety are on your radar, let this podcast be your guide to mastering these vital aspects.Teams That WorkScott Tannenbaum, PhD on LinkedinThe Group for Organizational Effectiveness, IncScott Tannenbaum, PhD on Google Scholar AGLX Confidence in Complexity short commercial  Want to develop your organization’s capacity for free and independent action (Organic Success)? Learn more and follow us at:https://www.aglx.com/https://www.youtube.com/@AGLXConsultinghttps://www.linkedin.com/company/aglx-consulting-llc/https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandriverahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/markjmcgrath1https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemccronehttps://flowguides.org/https://www.getflowtrained.com/Recent podcasts where you’ll also find Mark and Ponch: Eddy Network Podcast Ep 56 – with Ed Brenegar The School of War Ep 84 – with Aaron MacLean Spatial Web AI Podcast – with Denise Holt OODAcast Ep 113 – with Bob GourleyNo Fallen Heroes – with Whiz BuckleySalience – with Ian Snape, PhDConnecting the Dots – with Skip Steward The F-14 Tomcast – with Crunch and BioEconomic...