Certified Agile Leadership

with Michael Sahota

Michael Sahota’s CAL 1 experience is intense 2 days of deep exploration into leadership, organizational growth and culture to deliver high performance organizations.

Overcome Key Agile Challenges

Vienna, Austria
December 13th-14th 2018

Rainers Hotel Vienna
Gudrunstrasse 184
1100 Vienna, Austria

Fully booked.
But back to Vienna in 2019!

Why You Need to Be Here

“The best leadership training, I have ever experienced.” – J. Bergeron, Partner, PwC

This class is for Executives, Managers, Coaches, Leaders, who want to shape their own path towards effective leadership and drive high performance organizations.
This is the place start embracing full agility. It is the place to start being the change your want to see in the world.


Evolve culture at all levels of the organization.


Identify causes of resistance and eliminate them.


Engage leaders using a proven step by step playbook.


Enhace your own leadership skills.


Work for effectively as a manager and with managers.


Recognize the actual problems blocking success.

The CAL 1 class is an integrated understanding of culture, leadership and organizational change. All of these are talking about high performance but from different perspectives. We provide an integrated view that enables rapid organizational growth through a proven playbook.

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Michael Sahota guides and teaches leaders how to create high-performance organizations. He has a proven practical playbook for leading change. His model for Consciously Approaching Agile™ guides the creation of a cultural and leadership context where Agile drives lasting organizational results.

As a Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Educator, Michael teaches on a worldwide basis. He is the number one trainer for the Certified Agile Leadership Program through the Scrum Alliance. Michael’s highly accoladed Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1&2) Training reflects his growth and capability as a leader. He has been traveling to India for the past 4 years in an intense study of personal growth and transformation for his own leadership path. He practices and models what he teaches to create transformative experiences.

Since 2001, Michael has been guiding success with Agile. Since 2010, he has held his Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) designation. In 2012, he published the ground-breaking book “An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide: Working with Organizational Culture”. Michael has two books that are to be published this year: Emotional Science and Agile Leadership.

It gave me a really different view on our journey to high performance (eye opening…)” – K. Teichthaler, Senior Head of Products & IT, Hutchison Drei Austria

I didn’t expect that!  It was a tremendous experience for my professional and personal life!” – B. Pfeifer, Product Manager, Austria

Game Changing, Awesomely Enlightening & Fun. I gained insight on the importance of listening and self-awareness about my own personal triggers. I enjoyed Michael’s authentic style of delivery.” – S. Mann, Senior Manager of Technology Delivery

Prepare to have your mind blown. This is unlike anything you will have experienced before. Get out of the matrix!” – K. Ali, Agile Development Manager

Enlightening, Powerful, Life Changing. I see I am not alone and it’s OK to ask for help. I liked that the class was straight forward, amusing, and thought-provoking.” – C. Tan, Agile Program Manager

Inspiring, Provocative, Challenging. Michael explained the role we all have and it starts with you. Be the inspirational leader and be the model of the desired culture shift. I liked how the delivery was a mix of exercises, lectures, drawing, and conversation. I feel I connected with the content.” – M. Fagan, Agile Coach

Exhilarating, Soul Searching, Addictive. I now understand that I need to gain insight on my own leadership journey first.” – L. Fowler, Scrum Master

Course Description

  • Sahota Playbook for High Performance Organizations™
  • Sahota 4A’s Leadership Model™
  • Create the context for a high performance organization
  • Connect leadership behaviours with organizational culture
  • Foster an “agile” organization aligned with the Agile Mindset
  • Redefine effective executive leadership
  • Engage people to create high-performance organizational culture
  • Sahota change model for Consciously Approaching Agile™

During this experience, participants will undergo a process of letting go of existing behaviours that block their abilities to be an effective leader. They will explore models of culture and receive a playbook to guide the next steps on their journey of creating high performance organizations. We shift the consciousness of participants so they they become aware of the root challenges and are able to discover lasting solutions.


  • Pre-requisites: You are expected to have basic knowledge of Agile. This may have come to you through industry experience, reading, meetups or formal training. This course is designed for anyone seeking to foster a more “agile” high-performance organization. It is accessible and essential for leaders in innovation, lean, human resources, etc. – not just Agile.
  • Course Pre-learning: Participants are expected to complete 2 hours of videos and readings in advance of the training. Then there is more time to focus on discussion and exploration. The reading guide will be shared with participants after registration.
  • Where & When:
    Rainers Hotel Vienna,
    Gudrunstraße 184, 1100 Wien, Austria
    Thu 13. – Fri 14. Dec 2018,

Certification Requirement & Schedule

As part of the tuition, you will receive the Certified Agile Leader 1 (CAL1) certification from the Scrum Alliance.

As there is no test, the only requirement for certification is your full participation in the class. This means that you will need to schedule any travel so it does not conflict with scheduled class time. Late arrivals and early departures are not advised as it will interfere with creating a safe learning environment for others and will make certification discretionary.

What is the difference between SAFe and CAL 1?

On the surface, the goals of SAFe and CAL1 are similar: An Agile Organization.

SAFe has an excellent focus on Tactical elements of Agile such as the process, roles, multi-team releases. It is a wonderful way to adopt Agile practices in a large organization. One might say the focus is on Doing Agile. The focus here is on what may we do to improve things with as little organizational change as possible.

The focus of the Michael Sahota CAL1 Experience is an integrated view of Organizational Cultural, Leadership and Org Change. It’s about Being Agile: How we use an Agile Mindset to create a nimble flexible organization powered by engaged, innovative people. It’s all about creating a High-Performance Organization using Agile. You will learn a proven playbook for moving to high performance regardless of your role.

What is the breakdown of PDU's?

This training provides 14 SEUs in support of the Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) and 14 PDUs in support of certifications offered by the Project Management Institute, including the PMI­ACP as well as the PMP certification.You can claim 1/2 as strategic and 1/2 as leadership.

Do all CAL 1 trainings cover the same content?

No. And there is a good reason for this.

All CAL1 trainings cover the same set of high-level learning objectives.

However, each training is as unique as the instructor. Each CAL1 reflects the unique leadership and organizational development journey of the instructor.

The Michael Sahota CAL1 experience, reflects years of professional practice that has resulted in several proprietary models and techniques that have been proven around the world to lead to high performance.

Kurt Teichenthaler

It gave me a really different view on our journey to high performance (eye opening…)

– Kurt Teichenthaler, Senior Head of Products & IT

Brigitte Pfeifer

I didn’t expect that!  It was a tremendous experience for my professional and personal life!

– Brigitte Pfeifer, Product Manager

Thought-Provoking, Refreshing, Broadening

There is an acknowledgment and desire among the agile practitioner community that something is broken and this is one step to fixing it. Michael has great energy and the delivery was very inclusive.

– S. Ahmed, Head of Digital Products & Operations, Bupa

Dynamic, Insightful & Practical

During this training the most valuable insight gained, was to get out of my own way.

– R. Ellerman, CEO

Consciousness Expanding, Unexpected, Positively Different

There was a whole other dimension of leadership that I was not aware of, but that makes all the difference. The delivery was done with love, compassion, with a wonderful attitude and environment.

–T. Gruber, Scaled Agile Coach

Inspiring, Beautiful, Empowering

I now see the importance of going beyond Agile and clarifying leadership’s desire for transformation. I now have patterns for experimenting with. The energy and charisma engaged me.

– J. D’Jelal, Organizational Coach

Powerfully awakening and inspirational for my personal journey

I learned to listen to the system, to let it go, and that it’s all about heart, body and soul.

– D. Whelan, Agile COE Lead

The best leadership and growth activity I’ve done in 25 years!

– A. Heath, Delivery Manager

Welcoming, Caring, Not pushing.

I gained valuable insights on safety, growth and culture. I like that Michael uses polls to see the voice of the system and the drawings to discuss concepts.

– Z. Sochova, Agile Coach & Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

Intense, Challenging, Growth Building.

The value of leadership is the key to culture, agile and many other successes. Listening is the most valuable tool for a leader.

– M. Mullins, Head of Communications, Technology & Operations

Enlightening, Engaging, Empowering.

I discovered valuable ways of approaching leadership, and transformation through patterns. This subject holistically has opened up my mind to the possibilities of what I can achieve with organizations.

– A. Ahmed, Scrum Master

Inspirational, Holistic, Honest.

I learned that ‘Agile’ is not the goal. Any good that I might aspire to do in others must be fully internalized and true in me first. I like the group discussion and decision-making. Michael showed a great level of respect for the whole person.

– R El.ledge, Work Stream Lead, IT PMO

Scintillating, Frame-shifting, Upleveling.

I learned to be humble about what progress can be made and my role in it. Extraordinary sequencing, pacing and energy.

– M. de la Maza, Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC)

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This event is fully booked. But no worries, we will bring this class back to Vienna in 2019.