The Courage to be Agile and Pivot

The Courage to be Agile and Pivot

My morning routine gives me comfort. I get up at the exact same time almost every day. My coffee maker is set to turn on 15 minutes earlier, so I go downstairs, pour my coffee and fill my 1-liter water bottle. I then head to my home office and get oriented for the day’s activities. 

After about 40 minutes, my coffee cup and water bottle are empty. Then, it’s time to get ready for some exercise. That lasts for about an hour, after which comes the remainder of my tasks to prepare for the day prior to the stampede of our four soon-to-awaken children. 

And so on. 

These are comfortable routines; they are generally productive habits. 

But sometimes habits can become too comfortable. We can stick to routines for the sake of sticking to the routine—when in fact, change is necessary. 

For example, 

Read More

Time to Pivot to Agility

Time to Pivot to Agility

It’s been over 10 years now since Hurricane Katrina pummeled New Orleans and surrounding area with devastating floods, winds and destruction delivered by a prolonged LEVEL FIVE pounding from Mother Nature.  Last week, our Agility Consulting team of practice leaders and affiliates met in New Orleans to co-sponsor and participate in the 2016 HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE SUMMIT.  We were there along with about 300 business and HR leaders from large and small organizations seeking new insights and success stories for how to navigate in the LEVEL FIVE VUCA we all fight each day.

Just as powerful as the forces of nature found in New Orleans ten years ago,

Read More

The Agile Startup Week 14: A Pivot, a Widget and a $5,000 Check

The Agile Startup Week 14: A Pivot, a Widget and a $5,000 Check

Sometimes the calendar looms larger than during other times. For example, if you had to stand up in front of a bunch of powerful people and justify how what you’ve been doing for the past 16 weeks is worthy of their attention and money, you’d be keenly aware of the date of that presentation. You’d be thinking about it considerably; it’d always be in the back of your mind.

So it is for GILD Collective, the crafting-industry startup that’s pioneering a better way for women to get together and create something beautiful in a fun, confidence-boosting experience.

The date they’re thinking about a lot these days is two weeks from tomorrow, 

Read More

The Agile Startup Week 3: Branding, Selling, Learning

The Agile Startup Week 3: Branding, Selling, Learning

GILD Collective—which is Jessie Deye, Rachel Bauer McCreary and Kelsey Pytlik—just finished its third week as members of the Cincinnati-based startup accelerator The Brandery. It was another week of hard work, insights and learning. 

Here are a few key highlights from the team for this week:

Read More

The Agile Startup Week 2: Building, Testing, Refining

The Agile Startup Week 2: Building, Testing, Refining

GILD Collective—which is Jessie Deye, Rachel Bauer McCreary and Kelsey Pytlik—has now finished its first two weeks at The Brandery, the Cincinnati-based startup accelerator program that’s helping them build their concept and brand into a scalable business. 

Here are a few key highlights from the team for this week: 

Read More