Our Story

Have you ever wondered why some people are agile in their thinking and behaviour, and others are not? What allows these people to be so agile? What is different about how they think, how they create, what they know, how they make decisions, how they solve problems, and how they leverage opportunities?

We have. And that led us to develop new insights.

It started when Steve Barlow was working in the NSW prison service. He was running anger management programs for maximum security inmates.

Steve observed an interesting phenomenon. All the inmates that attended his programs had problems with anger. All were in jail. All participated in the same program. But the outcomes were not the same.

Some people developed a deep understanding of themselves, especially around what lay behind their episodes of anger. Some wanted to live different lives. But others blamed others for their anger and gained little self-awareness from the program.

It is very difficult to change patterns of behaviour that have some utility and are habits. They easily become templates that prevent new patterns from emerging. This is one way fixed, non-agile thinking develops.

This kind of fixed thinking allows for a prediction about the future – it will look very similar to the past. If you keep thinking and acting like you have always done, the future will look very similar to the past.

But there is nothing to say you can’t change your thinking and how you behave. If you want the future to look different from the past, you must change your thinking first.

And that means you need to be agile in how you think.

Steve’s PhD research and his team’s subsequent work around this issue produced new knowledge about how to create agile thinking. And that is what we bring to the table – a new, scientific way to create agility inside people and inside organisations.

That’s what we have to share with you. We believe it is important for all people to know about. Being agile in how people think and act is important for us and for future generations.