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Organizational Agility: Making the Future a Way of Life

October 11, 2017 - October 12, 2017

Early Bird – register before September 20th and save $500! Use coupon code: EB89743 at checkout.

Can we agree on a few things?

  • Problems that we’ll need to resolve and opportunities that we’ll want to leverage are both coming at us with greater speed, shorter notice, and less predictability.
  • The windows to actually resolve those problems and leverage those opportunities are also shrinking.
  • Reality has little respect for our plans.
  • The universe is unlikely to ease up on us.

Success in today’s world requires products, services, processes, people and organizations that are highly reliable and highly adaptive to change—success in today’s world requires “agility.” However, “agility” represents a transformational change in the both the organization’s processes and its culture.

This class teaches leaders at all levels how to breed high reliability and high change adaptiveness in the leadership, management, and operations of their organization.  Rather than regularly twisting and torturing your organization to respond to the various storms of life that descend on it, you will learn how to make high reliability and high change adaptiveness a natural way of life—you’ll learn how to make the future a way of life.

Course Outline

  • The interdependence of process and culture.
  • The case for culture being THE key to any team’s agility, performance, and competitive advantage.
  • A pragmatic definition of “culture.”
  • The anatomy of a culture, along with IRL lessons for cultivating agility.
  • The life cycles of a culture, along with IRL lessons for cultivating agility.
  • Integrative tools useful in diagnosing cultural health and prescribing treatment IRL.
  • FAQ’s from real life.

Course Format

This is a 2-day, in-person class that is presented in sessions open to the public (see schedule and registration), and to organization leadership teams in private sessions.

Presented in a distinctive voice, founded on experience in real life, and presented with clear and sometimes provocative language, weaving together helpful analogies, metaphors, and good sense, this class is a combination of compelling lecture, engaging discussion, and occasional exercises.

A PDF of the class presentation materials will be provided upon its conclusion.


This course is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Roseville. 2905 Centre Pointe Dr, Roseville, MN 55113


This course is taught by Jim Ruprecht, Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, agilityIRL, LLC, and author of Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds and Political Seas.

This class is based on Jim’s experience as an accomplished leader in real life, where he has held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 billion business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held aircraft manufacturer; to “specialist” at Apple, to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

An early contributor during Agile’s emergent years, Jim is also a pioneer in applying agile principles to organizations and leadership.  In this class, Jim will share the lessons he has learned over the course of his career creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and redesigning 2 that were tooled for yesterday’s problems.

Jim’s pragmatic approach remains unconstrained by conventional thinking. This class is designed to open leaders’ minds, and steer them away from the dysfunctional assumptions, habits, and tendencies that are prevalent in today’s typical organizations. Moving from sound underlying concepts and theories to pragmatic issues, this class also includes concrete methods and tools for making organizational agility an operational reality.

Special pricing for early registrations:

Early Bird – register before September 20th and save $500! Use coupon code: EB89743 at checkout.

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October 11, 2017
October 12, 2017
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