Agile, Org Change, and Teamwork Speeches

Agile, Org Change, and Teamwork Speeches“Best presenter… practical… comical… useful… great… unqualified thanks…”

Jim Morgan, “The Radical Agilist™,” is a dynamic, entertaining business speaker available to talk about how to maximize the benefits of Agile, succeed at organizational change, or simply get better-performing teams. Jim makes sure people attending his mini-classes get practical information they can put to work immediately to improve their work lives and those of their customers, team members, managers, and employees. The audience is pulled into participating in even the shortest talks. No slide decks are used, and post-meal naps are simply impossible!

Topics

Unless otherwise noted, talks can be adapted to last 20 to 90 minutes. Standard topics include:

  • Agile and Organizational Change:
    • Agile 101: What is this “Agile” Stuff, Really?
    • Agile for Entrepreneurs: Move Faster without More Burn
    • Agile Transformation as Org Change: 11 Epics to Success
    • The Recipe for Organizational Change
    • What Agile Experts Get Wrong at Your Expense
  • Team Leadership:
    • Busting the Myths of “Team Building”
    • The Art and Science of Team Leadership
  • Communication Skills:
    • Active Listening (60 minutes)
    • The Art and Science of Persuasion
  • The Mindful Way of Working

Jim can also create custom topics for your group.

Credits

Since relocating to North Carolina, Jim has spoken for:

  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Hospice of Wake County (multiple times)
  • Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference
  • International Association of Business Communicators Triangle Chapter
  • N.C. Assoc. of CPAs Triangle Chapter
  • N.C. Assoc. of Volunteer Administration Annual Conference (2 times)
  • N.C. Housing Finance Agency
  • N.C. Jaycees Year-End Convention
  • N.C. Project Management Institute:
    • Agile Community of Practice
    • Information Systems Committee
    • Pharmaceutical Committee
  • N.C. State University (3 times)
  • Project Management Institute Pharmaceutical Special Interest Group
  • Radio:
    • BlogTalkRadio “Views from the Top” Show:
      “Curing a Toxic Work Environment”
    • WJRD: “Growing Your Business” Show
  • Raleigh Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County
  • UNC Executive MBA Program (2 times)

To schedule a talk for your company, conference, or group event, contact Jim today.

Testimonials

Real comments from real people!


“Having had the opportunity to see Jim in action when he guest-taught sections of my class, I can say that he brings an informed and high-energy approach to building teams. He’s grounded in the science, but focused on how to give individuals focused, actionable suggestions on creating highly effective teams.” —Assistant Professor Brad Staats, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


“Everyone was really impressed with your method—liked the down to the point and practical application of your system. It was very easy to understand and follow. If we put your steps into place, the workflow will become less stressful and improve our work processes. I can’t wait to begin to put (them) into practice for our own group.” —Gwen Belcredi, Supportive Housing Development Officer, North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.


“Jim’s SuddenTeams methodology is a fact-based approach to working with teams—an area that is often governed by misinformation… It is very well received by students, and I look forward to reading his newly available book…” —Kevin Archbold, PMP, PMI-SP, Consulting Manager, Key Consulting Inc. (Tucson, AZ).


“It was a great lecture and I just want to thank you again. Below are some comments from the students.” —Professor Brian Farkas, Dept. of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State Univ.

  • “I thought he was great! He was a wonderful public speaker and very comical! He also taught very strong points and explained them very well!”
  • “I really liked the presentation. Since then I have been telling everyone about it and telling them they should get his book.”
  • “I enjoyed having Mr. Morgan come in and speak with our class. I definitely feel like I benefited from his advice on how to plan out the project. I was/am still nervous about the execution of the project, but his guidelines were very helpful and I’m hopeful that my group will employ his methods, as they seem to be the way to do things.”
  • “I thought he was very helpful. All of the information was very useful. I feel that even if students had heard some of the information before, it helped (make) them aware of how to be a better team player in the project…”

“Jim Morgan has my unqualified thanks as the creator of a grounded, skilled team, who by the end of their training had bonded with each other and with him. My background is as a middle-school educator, so you can imagine how many teambuilding seminars I’ve attended, ropes course included. Jim’s work is nothing like that…

“When the team was assembled, he led them in creating a charter, a covenant, and other documents to ground their governance body and its work. He led them in learning to facilitate their meetings and in beginning to work with the committees and members. Then he launched them and took on the role of consultant. Along the way he ruffled very few feathers, an amazing feat when you’re starting almost from zero.” —Linda Stratford, President, Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh (NC).


“The evaluations were fantastic on your session. Many said you were one of the best trainers they had ever seen!” —Jamilyn Cole, Conventions Program Manager, N.C. Jaycees.


“A+ Best presenter in a long time.” —Evaluation comment, N.C. Project Management Institute Pharmaceutical Committee.


“Three swings, three homers! Three touchdowns in one quarter! However you put it, my students are still talking about your Teams production in our class… Thank you for speaking so cogently to my three classes. We now have something we can refer to during the remainder of the quarter.” —Professor Al Gibson, Business Administration Program, Univ. of Washington-Bothell.


“Jim, today’s speaker, was both engaging and informative with a topic that ALL business owners and senior managment should be schooled in. I would highly reccommend his classes…” —Rick Silver, Southeast Technology Management Services.


“(T)hank you for putting on such an excellent presentation. The young leaders in my group commented on how much I was laughing during your presentation. I told them it was because I have been working on teams for most of my life and really understood what you were talking about. Despite some pretty serious teamwork training, I was really impressed with your ideas about ‘consensus’… I think that after some additional review of my notes I will be able to put what you mentioned to work.” —Ashley Nemeth, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference.


“Thank you for your thoughtful and powerful presentation… You have an innate ability to reach a broad staff spectrum with your coaching techniques. Your mental focusing practices, listening techniques, and perspective-adjusting tools armed us with a new approach to life here at the SPCA.” —Hope Hancock, Executive Director, SPCA of Wake County.