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#65 - Developing Your Leadership Agility Fitness in a VUCA World - Nick Horney

“The best leaders are those that get things done through other people."

Nick Horney is the author of “VUCA Masters” and founder of Agility Consulting. In this episode, Nick shared his innovations in leadership agility that include AGILE Model® and Leadership Agility Fitness, which are the cornerstones for becoming inspiring leaders in the current VUCA world, i.e. the VUCA Masters. Nick also shared how we can extend his leadership agility concepts to improve organizational behavior, culture, and mindset in order to reach organizational agility. Towards the end, Nick shared some inspiring leadership lessons from his 23 years of experience serving the US Navy Special Operations, describing the true characteristic and hallmark of the best leaders.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:05:48]
  • AGILE Model® - [00:08:04]
  • VUCA - [00:13:20]
  • Leadership Agility Fitness - [00:19:46]
  • Leadership Self-Agility Assessment - [00:24:14]
  • VUCA Masters - [00:29:30]
  • Leadership Agility and Agile - [00:32:10]
  • Organizational Behavior - [00:34:26]
  • Leadership Lessons From the Military - [00:40:35]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:43:55]


Nick Horney’s Bio
Dr. Nicholas Horney founded Agility Consulting in 2001 and has been recognized for innovations in organizational and leadership agility, including The AGILE Model®, VUCA Masters™, Leadership Agility Fitness™, After Action Agility™ and Talent Portfolio Agility™. His coaching, leadership agility and organizational agility management consulting experience spans over 30 years and includes the start-up and management of the Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) Change Management Practice. Representative clients include Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, Navy SEALs, Lenovo, CIA, ARAMARK, and REI.

Dr. Horney has written four books. The most recent is VUCA Masters: Developing Leadership Agility Fitness for the New World of Work (2021).

Nick retired from the U.S. Navy (Special Operations) at the rank of Captain and has applied that experience to his work with high performance team agility. He serves as a coach for The Honor Foundation focusing on the successful transition of Navy SEALs to the business world.

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