10 April 2022

Season 3, Episode 8. Leading Beyond Change with Michael Sahota

Welcome to Innovation Meets Leadership! I’m your host, Natalie Born. In this episode, Michael Sahota discusses what it entails to unlock the creative potential of people in the organization. He reveals the oppression behind the traditional systems and how leaders must make the daily choice of evolving. By prioritizing people over process, it is possible to create an agile space.


Michael K Sahota is a Speaker, Trainer, & Consultant on Evolutionary Leadership. He is the founder and CEO of SHIFT314 Inc - a boutique training and consulting organization that specializes in the organizational, cultural and leadership shifts needed to unlock success with Agile, Digital, Lean, etc. Michael is the co-creator of the SHIFT314 Evolutionary Leadership Framework™ (SELF) that provides practical step-by-step for the inner and outer shifts needed to unlock Business Agility, Teal and other new ways of working. Michael has trained thousands of leaders worldwide through his highly accoladed Certified Agile Leadership Training.



[00:40] Building Engaging Frameworks in the Digital and Agile Space

  • Michael Sahota on establishing traditional to evolutionary organizations
    • Unlock the creative potential of people.
      • Journey to realizations
    • Beware of benchmarking the organizations with those that are not performing well.
  • When the fun is gone
    • Only getting into the daily grind to get the products out and meeting deadlines becomes demotivating.
    • Lift up and energize people from the organization.
      • Organizational DNA


[07:30] Eradicate Oppression and Make the Shift to Challenge the System

  • Challenge the oppression
    • The traditional mindset are huge acts of oppression.
    • Flipping the table -
      • Theory X to Theory Y
  • The daily choice to evolving as a leader
    • Show up differently to make problems solvable.
      • The inner shift
    • Without the technology or tools of change, we cannot go on the journey.
      • Musculine and feminine consciousness


[17:15] People Over Progress - Harnessing The Power of Agility

  • The implications of the shift to Theory Y
    • It might be needed for the business, but it entails sacrifices of production output.
      • People over process
    • This requires a deep shift in consciousness, mindset, and worldview.
    • Command to control is the opposite of agile.


[23:20] Final Thoughts 

  • Change is possible. Allow true shift to reach the extraordinary.
  • Connect with Michael (Links Below)


Key Quotes:

“Innovation is just part of everything we do. ” - Michael Sahota

“Most people are in like, you know, fighting the fight to kind of just get products out and meet deadlines, and just getting caught up in the machinery of, you know, the daily grind of business, and it's not fun anymore.” - Michael Sahota

“The truth of the matter is, all those transformation programs are done with the same traditional mindset… They're actually huge acts of oppression… Wake up, stop oppressing the people.” - Michael Sahota


Leading Beyond Change by Michael Sahota

Connect with Michael

Website: https://shift314.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsahota/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/shift314/

Twitter: twitter.com/MichaelSahota

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SHIFT314

Instagram: instagram.com/shift314_leadership/


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