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Takeshi Yoshida INSEAD ICF

Takeshi Yoshida

Founder & Chief Coach

Agile Organization Development

Lifecycle Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

Bio & Credentials

OD is a Team Effort

Thank you for your interest in our tribe at Agile Organization Development. My name is Takeshi and I lead the tribe.

In my journey in becoming an Organization Development (“OD”) professional, I came to realize the following:

  • OD is a practice of interventions; specifically, learning interventions.
  • OD is ineffective unless approached as a multifaceted practice:
  • Learning interventions come in many modalities – e.g. teaching, coaching, training, facilitating, mentoring and advising (consulting).
  • Specifically for coaching, I find a hybrid approach between classic behavioral coaching (e.g. International Coaching Federation (ICF) style individual, group and team coaching) and process coaching (e.g. Agile Scrum, Design Thinking, Lean) to be most effective. (Ref: The Hybrid ICF + Agile Coach: Heavy in Demand, Short in Supply)
  • In team coaching, training and facilitation is an integral activity.
The Business Case of ICF + Agile Coaching for Organizational Interventions
  • OD is too complex to run as a solo practice:
  • The client need behind the group, team or organizational intervention is intricate and complex. The scare of falling into Maslow’s hammer trap (familiar methodology trap – “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”) nudges us to explore intervention alternatives wide and deep. Tapping into the collective wisdom, intelligence and experience of peer professionals is powerful and prudent.
  • Learning the skills of group, team and organizational interventions is not something that can be easily learned in a training course. Real learning comes from practicing it, and the best way to learn the trade is to band together and learn from each other.

Clients and Assignments

Our tribe is a community of independent practitioners and while we each enjoy working with individuals, startups, SMEs and NPOs, our main focus for coming together at Agile Organization Development is to collectively work on group, team and organizational interventions with large organizations – typically multi-national corporations, global financial institutions, internationally operating large organizations including family owned enterprises and on-path-to-unicorn startups, and public sector entities with a diverse, multi-national workforce or area of activity.

As the “small guy”, each of us independently have limited scope to be able to take on large scale organizational assignments. Meanwhile client organizations understandably won’t be able to give us the “big piece” of the work.

I am proud to share that our accelerating client track record show that our banding together is consistently cracking this limitation. Here are some examples of our client work:

  • FMCG MNC, global IT organization agile transformation (reboot of two previously failed transformation attempts with major consulting companies)
  • Various MNCs (FMCG, life science, equipment manufacturing, energy) and FIs, agile ways of working introduction to non-IT teams
  • Various MNCs (Energy, engineering, insurance), middle management activation
  • Pharmaceutical, life science, medical device companies, innovation pilots, Design Thinking
  • Food MNC, future proofing pilot, Agile Scrum with cross-functional team
  • Natural resources major, HR organization digital transformation, leadership team focused agile coaching
  • Specialized consulting company, organization wide leadership development programme for N0 to N-2 leaders
  • Market regulating body (government agency), long-range future proofing strategy formulation facilitation for executive team
  • E-commerce, innovation challenge, facilitation

We operate globally. Current geographical mix of our client work is APAC 40%, Europe 40%, Americas and rest of the world 20%.

How We Work Together

We operate as a “learning organization” ourselves; we invest a significant amount of our time sharing our knowledge and training each other, particularly in complimentary areas where we are short on skills and expertise either on the behavioral coaching or process coaching side of things.

We regularly meet (virtually – we are a truly globally diverse tribe) and speak with each other to exchange latest activities and to share opportunities. If it is an early stage opportunity, tribe members will often chip in on tips for how to increase the “delta” (client interest, probability of success), and for later in the funnel opportunities where it’s make it or break it timing to make an intervention proposal, the client relationship holder can enlist the help of tribe members to support the pitch.

Once we are in delivery mode, usually we will have the tribe coach that was instrumental in designing the intervention assume the role of programme director and lead coach, and around the lead a small delivery team of typically two to six coaches will be formed, depending on the intervention requirement.

We operate on the basis of extreme transparency. Contracting is done via a master mutual service agreement where all terms are mutual so we can lead each other and follow each other depending on the client assignments. Fee splitting is determined similarly with upfront and explicit communication by the programme lead using a suggested standard model.

How to Join the Tribe

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We are a purpose driven tribe of coaches for delivering group, team and organizational interventions. As we are an expert tribe, naturally there is a competency component for consideration in joining.

Experience counts in our business so we do have a preference to invite coaches who are current practitioners with a good run rate of delivery. However, aptitude also counts, so don’t be discouraged to knock on our door even if you only have a few years of experience under your belly. Regardless, we all have to upskill consistently so what matters most is the learning attitude.

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