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Leadership Agility in a VUCA World

Nick Horney, Ph.D.

February 23, 2017


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Watch the video here: https://www.infoq.com/presentations/leadership-agility-vuca


During the 20-minute presentation, Nick will share his experience as a former Navy Special Operations Officer (e.g., SEALs, EOD and Diving) serving as a coach for other Navy SPEC OPS leaders and how they demonstrated leadership agility. He will also focus on how leaders like Sally Jewel, former CEO of REI and now Secretary of the Interior, embraced leadership agility to help transform REI to a more agile organization. Nick will also share his experience working with Mark Nelson, President at Aramark, to sponsor a decade-long focus on leadership agility, to help create a more agile enterprise, resulting in Aramark’s placement on the Fortune 50 list.

Dr. Horney will reinforce the stories with leadership agility data gathered from several thousand leaders over a period of about 10 years. The primary purpose of the data is to demonstrate where the typical strengths and weaknesses are in developing leadership agility.

About Nick

Nick Horney

Dr. Horney founded Agility Consulting and Training in 2001and has been recognized for innovations in organizational and leadership agility which includes The AGILE Model®. He has been recognized as an expert in organizational agility by journals such as People & Strategy and CIO Magazine, books such as Rothwell, et. al’s Human Resource Transformation (2008) and organizations and professional associations such as the American Management Association, Project Management Institute, IBN International and Human Resource People and Strategy. Dr. Horney has recently presented at the Global PMI Conference and PMI’s PMO Symposium on the topics of Change Management, Talent Management and Organizational Agility.

Nick coauthored a book in 2015 entitled Focused, Fast and Flexible: Creating Agility Advantage in a VUCA World and coauthored two other books -- Managing Change in Organizations published by the Project Management Institute and Project Change Management published by McGraw-Hill. He is currently working on a book that features a 10-year study of leadership agility with 1078 global leaders -- Decoding Your Leadership Agility: Getting Fit for Continuous Course Corrections. He has been interviewed for various podcasts, magazines and journals (e.g., People & Strategy, The National Productivity Review, Training and Development Journal, CIO Magazine, enterpriseleadership.org., Bank Marketing Magazine, American Way--American Airlines In-flight Magazine, etc.) addressing leadership, agility and change management issues.

Dr. Horney’s first-hand knowledge of leadership, team and organizational agility was developed during his 23 years as a Navy Special Operations officer leading diving and explosive ordnance disposal teams, where team agility was a defining characteristic of success. Nick retired from the U.S. Navy reserves at the rank of Captain. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1984.



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