Mike Richardson has been one of my mentors for several years – he is a former CEO of an International business, is currently a Vistage chair, has published a well received book on Business Leadership (Wheel$pin – the Agile Executive’s Manifesto), and runs his own successful consulting firm, Sherpa Alliance. Mike suggested that he and I collaborate on an article that brings his focus on helping business leaders develop greater AGILITY in the chaos of business, with my experience preparing young commandos for managing chaos on the battlefield. We worked on the article off and on for over a year, and it was finally posted on-line at Risk Management Magazine (click here)
As is common in these sort of things, the original version of this article was well over 4 times as long as what was finally posted. Given the format restrictions and the targeted audience, we knew we had to cut out some good content, and it took us a while to edit our article down to about 1500 words. It was a lot of fun working with Mike on exploring the intersection of Navy SEAL (and other commando units) approaches to battlefield problems, and the challenges business leaders face in a chaotic market place. We went into greater depth on this idea during a discussion we recorded in a webinar which Mike posted on his website at mydrivingseat.com (available here), and subsequently Mike had me come speak to his Vistage groups. I enjoyed and learned a lot from this process, and use much of what Mike and I explored together in the work I’ve done since.