Teams & Leaders Essential Skills & Mindsets for Performance in Today’s

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Evolving Organization Development for Real Value Creation in Change, Transformation & Innovation

A Multi-Disciplinary and Exploratory Approach to Organization Development with Behavioral Coaching, Lean, Agile Scrum & Design Thinking

Takeshi Yoshida, Lifecycle

Takeshi Yoshida

Chief Coach & Founder

Lifecycle Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

Bio & Credentials

Social and digital technology is rapidly transforming the way we communicate and interact. Businesses and organizations are facing urgent pressure to innovate and transform to adapt to fundamentally changing customer behavior.

The exponentially expanding complexity of leaders, teams and organizations’ need for change renders no one tool or methodology effective for today’s Organization Development (“OD”).

OD today therefore is a multi-disciplinary and exploratory practice. The modern day OD professional is required to wear many hats as coach, trainer, facilitator, consultant and mentor, integrating a vast array of conventional and emerging people and process management tools, frameworks and mental models for delivering work. I am one such professional.

Hybrid Organization Development with Behavioral Coaching and Process Coaching -

VUCAO Resilience & KSA Transfer

My mission is to help leaders, teams and organizations build the capability to perform, function and operate in any volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, and crucially, overwhelming (hence not just VUCA, but VUCAO) condition, situation and environment.

My approach to achieving this is heavily learning oriented. KSA (Knowledge, Skill, Ability, Attitude and Aptitude) transferring the many learnings from Design Thinking, Agile Scrum and Lean with training and facilitation, and tapping into the individual and collective creativity and resourcefulness of people through coaching are both integral parts of my work.

Themes & Programs

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Innovation Manager's Toolkit - Lifecycle -
Executive Coaching for the Social Digital Connected Leader - Lifecycle -

Future Proof the Organization - Lifecycle -

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Coach Takeshi’s Insights

Mental Model Dōjō

Coach Takeshi’s coaching journal. Sharing the many mental models that Coach Takeshi actually uses for client sessions.

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The Reflective Leader and Learning Organization Guide

Coach Takeshi’s collection of thoughts on helping leaders use the power of inquiry and introspection for building the mental facility needed in developing Learning Organizations.

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The Lean & Agile Practitioner

Sharing experiments and experiences from work with clients on their Agile organizational transformation journey. Includes work on Agile Scrum, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and all other “experimental and iterative” approaches.

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Latest Posts

Stop #failureporn

There’s this thing called failure porn. As Agile professionals, as educators, as parents, we say it’s okay to fail. Go for it, try your best, and if you fail as a result, it’s okay, because... Read More

Knowledge is for Consumption

Knowledge is for consumption. This is my street philosophy, but I really abide to this. I really, really like to practice what I learn. Practice – both in the application sense, and in the repeat... Read More

Premature Scaling is Startup Death

#1 Cause of Startup Death? Premature Scaling This is what INSEAD professor Nathan Furr said in a 2011 Forbes article. I can attest it still holds so true: premature scaling is startup death. Steve Blank... Read More

Karpman’s Drama Triangle

In coaching enabling conversation skills, I find Karpman’s Drama Triangle (1968) very useful. (1) Blaming, shaming and guilt tripping, (2) victim mentality and (3) “chief problem solving officer” are three recurring patterns of impediments to... Read More

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Knowing to Stop – A Confucius Teaching

Confucius’ 7 spaces of learning Knowing to stop – is a simple notion but difficult to practice skill. In “Great Learning (大学)”, written around 2,500 years ago by one of his first disciples Zengzi (曾子),... Read More

A Pretty Good Summary of Lean, Agile Scrum

Glossary: Lean, Agile, Scrum, Sprint, Kanban Consider Lean & Agile as pretty much the same thing, they are basically really good approaches to handling projects with a lot of uncertainties, which is why successful startups... Read More

How to Get Scrum Right on First Attempt

Pilot objective Within the Scrum community, there is abundant writing suggesting that the two main factors of Scrum implementation failure are: (1) sub-optimal team structure at the onset, and (2) the Scrum Team failing to... Read More

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