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#80 - Personal Agility System - Peter Stevens and Maria Matarelli

“Focus on what really matters. If everything matters, then nothing matters. Make sure that what you do is aligned with what really matters."

Peter Stevens and Maria Matarelli are the co-founders of the Personal Agility Institute and the authors of the “Personal Agility”. In this episode, Peter and Maria shared what Personal Agility System is and how we can apply this framework in our daily lives. They highlighted how many people face typical challenges that hinder them from truly getting what they want by using the “life is an ocean” metaphor. Both of them then gave a complete walkthrough of the 6 powerful questions in Personal Agility System, especially highlighting the key question to find “what really matters”. Peter and Maria then shared how this framework is not just applicable to individual, but also to leadership and organizational agility, and how it can help create alignment and trust within an organization.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:05:55]
  • How Personal Agility Started - [00:10:10]
  • Personal Agility System -[00:16:43]
  • Life is the Ocean - [00:18:55]
  • 6 Powerful Questions - [00:22:26]
  • What Really Matters - [00:31:45]
  • Applying PAS to Leadership and Organizational Agility- [00:37:06]
  • Alignment - [00:41:04]
  • Alignment Trust - [00:44:59]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:19]


Peter and Maria’s Bio
Peter Stevens is an Executive, Coach, Author, Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), and Founder or co-Founder of the Scrum Ambassadors,, and the World Agility Forum. Peter serves as Chief Agility Officer for a Swiss digital health start-up. Peter also wrote Ten Agile Contracts: Getting Beyond Fixed-Price, Fixed Scope and Extreme Manufacturing.

Maria Matarelli is an Executive Coach, Consultant to the Fortune 100, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and an international best selling author. Maria and her team consult businesses to reach breakthrough results by applying Agile methodologies. Maria is the founder and CEO of Formula Ink and co-founder of the Agile Marketing Academy.

Together, Peter and Maria founded the Personal Agility Institute with the mission of helping people and organizations align what they do with what really matters to become who they want to be and achieve what they want to achieve.

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