Takeshi Yoshida ICF ACC PSM II PSPO

Takeshi Yoshida

Chief Coach & Founder, Agile Organization Development

CEO, Lifecycle Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

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I am a professional coach, facilitator, trainer, and consultant that specializes in Organization Development, helping the people in organizations succeed in change, transformation and innovation with the power of learning. I lead an expert tribe of coaches that are hybrid behavioral + process coaches; typically ICF (International Coaching Federation) certified coaches with expertise in Agile, Design Thinking and Lean.

I am concurrently a serial startup entrepreneur and a former banker with a combined quarter of a century experience as a front-line business professional. I practice what I preach – from theory to action, everything that I coach is tried, tested and validated through my own learning by doing. Therefore my coaching is not teaching; it is more about sharing of experiences and trying together.


  • Behavioral Coaching: My coaching focus is on conversations. I help clients develop stronger conversation and communication skills with habit formation training using many mental models (https://agile-od.com/mental-model-dojo). I am a Certified Positive Psychology Coach (CPPC II) and International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach (ICF ACC). In addition to individual coaching with executives and entrepreneurs, I am particularly proficient in group and team coaching.
  • Process Coaching: I practice Design Thinking, Agile Scrum and Lean everyday. I am a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master (PSM II) and Professional Product Owner (PSPO). I use Liberating Structures for my facilitation work, and am also a certified Lego® Serious Play® facilitator.
  • Organization Development (OD) and Management Science: I put on a systems perspective of seeing organizations from the following five view points: people, process, structure, product & client. Most organizations are well resourced (although efficacy is another question) for the latter two commercial focuses (product & client), therefore I bring the spotlight to the first three areas for organizational capability building (people, process, structure).
  • As an INSEAD associated intellect, I’ve always found that the many learnings from management science are not well practiced at the “gemba” (a Lean term describing the actual place of work and business). Where the rubber meets the road, I make heavy application of these learnings, or “mental models” as I’d like to describe them, in our day-to-day work in client organizations.

  • Industry Expertise: Prior to becoming a learning professional, I was a career banker between 1994~2011, with significant fixed income transaction experience across Japan, Asia and global Emerging Markets. Since 2011 I have been a serial startup entrepreneur, particularly in the fintech space as I maintain close relationship with the banking and insurance industry.
OD (Organization Development) as a Practice and Application of Behavioral & Process Coaching x Management Science

Coaching Focus

Performing teams have processes that work, and people that talk to each other. It’s that simple but organizational reality shows otherwise. I help leaders and teams learn complexity handling and enabling conversation skills to make this simple thing work.

  • Complexity Handling: Among the simple-complicated-complex-chaotic spectrum, we often confuse the difference between complicated and complex, and make the common error of using tools and processes meant for complicated tasks, to complex work. Further, we often become overwhelmed and make simple and complicated things complex (and even out of hand – chaotic). Agile Scrum, Design Thinking, Lean Startup are all frameworks and approaches developed for handling complex work, and I make good use of the learnings from the field to coach complexity handling.
  • Enabling Conversations: Despite the decades of advances in behavioral and cognitive science, we are still trapped in the use of controlling language. Often, catalyst moments in coaching sessions come when coachees discover the true power of inquiry and dialogue. The challenge is how to sustain that revelation – we are creature of habits, and habits are hard to change. The focus is on the practicing, and I make many references to old and new literature on human sciences for coaching enabling conversation skills.

Meanwhile, I am an ardent advocate of learning organizations, and central to this is the practice of self-organization.

  • Self-Organization: Without activating the collective intelligence of the team, developing complex products in today’s evolving technological landscape is an impossibility. And self-organization is a consistent trait observed in high performing teams. Yet again as we are so ingrained in command and control culture, self-organization does not come naturally to most teams. It takes some good coaching and organizational alignment to de-learn the many old habits that we hold, yet with a lot of optimism (it doesn’t hurt to be a Positive Psychology coach!) and respect to our intrinsic drive for autonomy, purpose and mastery, I am confident that change for self-organization can happen with every team.


Current Engagements

  • INSEAD: Corporate Executive Programme lecturer and workshop trainer
  • Major European FMCG: Agile transformation advisor and agile coach for CIO/CTO board
  • Global consulting company: Organization wide leadership development programme director
  • Singapore Government agency: Executive leadership team coach, organizational transformation programme with Service Design
  • Global insurance company: Agile cultural transformation programme lead coach and trainer
  • Executive coaching engagements with global financial institutions, MNCs, GAFA

Career, Education & Qualifications

  • 2011 – Present: Lifecycle Pte. Ltd., Founder (Singapore)

    • 2018 – Present: Organization Development, coaching, training, facilitation, consulting

    • 2019 – Present: INSEAD Executive Education, Lecturer & Workshop Trainer, Facilitator

    • 2011 – Present: Various start-up projects

    • 2015 – 2018: Canopy Pte. Ltd., Chief Commercial Officer (Singapore, fintech)

  • 2009 – 2011: Barclays Bank, Director (Singapore & Tokyo, Global Markets)

  • 2004 – 2009: Deutsche Bank, Director (Singapore & Tokyo, Global Markets)

  • 2002 – 2004: Bank of America, VP (Tokyo, Global Markets)

  • 1994 – 2001: Morgan Stanley (Tokyo, Investment Banking, Asset Management)

  • 2001 – 2002: INSEAD, MBA, Freshfields Scholarship (France)

  • 1990 – 1994: International Christian University, BA, Liberal Arts (Tokyo)

  • Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator, Association of Master Trainers in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method (credential)

  • CPPC (International Association of Positive Psychology Coaches, Certified Positive Psychology Coach, credential)


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