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Agile Talks

Agile Talks

By Chris Puglisi
Part Wu, part science. Join Fortune 100 & Entrepreneur coach Chris Puglisi as he breaks down the two key ingredients to achieving personal and business growth, mindset & mechanics.
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EP 24: Oh The Story You Will Tell
The story you’ll create next is something that you will inevitably end up sharing in the future. Being comfortable, not learning, not growing, not challenging yourself leads to stagnation. Your story becomes less interesting. The longer you stay in that spot, the less compelling it becomes. Not just to you, but to others as well.
June 24, 2019
Ep 23: Heidi Helfand & Dynamic Reteaming
Heidi Helfand is Director of Engineering Excellence at Procore Technologies, creators of cloud-based construction software. She is author of the book Dynamic Reteaming: The Art and Wisdom of Changing Teams which challenges the notion that you need to keep your teams "the same" in order to be successful. Heidi was on the "first team" at two highly successful startups - ExpertCity, Inc. (acquired by Citrix) where she was on the team that invented GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar and AppFolio, Inc., a SAAS property management software company that went public in 2015. She is a co-active coach certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I especially find Heidi’s work on Dynamic Reteaming fascinating as most, if not all of the literature, workshops, courses and training that I’ve come across out there around creating excellent teams promotes the idea of persistence of a team in order to follow the path to maturity and excellence.  Join us as Heidi explains her work around Dynamic Reteaming and her upcoming book, Dynamic Reteaming:  The Art and Wisdom of Changing Teams . You can learn more about Heidi & her book by visiting her website & LInkedIn profile: 
June 12, 2019
EP 22: The Growth Mindset in 5 Minutes
There's a lot of attention on the Growth Mindset right now. Which is a good thing. This is a topic that’s really close to me because I practice it as much as possible., and I've worked with hundreds of people over the last 10 years on cultivating their growth mindset But with so much material floating around out there, I wanted to take it back to the source and cover a few basic things because there seems to be some misinterpretations of the Growth Mindset. In 5 minutes, we'll cover: 1.) What a Growth Mindset really is 2.) What a Growth Mindset isn’t 3.) What a Fixed Mindset is 4.) Fixed Mindset Triggers 5.) Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
June 07, 2019
EP 21: Mechanics Without Mindset
Far too many organizations continue to focus on process coaching and optimization.  We've seen this too often with Scrum teams who are going through the mechanics of Scrum, or "checking boxes" without embracing the true spirit and mindset of Agile.   But it doesn't stop at the team level. Without all levels of the organization adopting, practicing and optimizing a growth mindset, embracing a learning culture, organizational safety and servant leadership, your company is missing the true benefits of an agile transformation - regardless of how much optimization is happening at the process level.   Listen in as Ron Darnell, Ph.D., John Hill and I weigh in on this critical but lacking facet of agile transformations. 
May 30, 2019
EP 20: Kyle Griffin - Reaching Full Agility With The Diamond Agile Approach
Kyle Griffin is the creator of Diamond Agile - a new, multi-faceted approach for organizations to reach and measure true Enterprise Agility.  You can learn more about Diamond Agile by visiting
March 30, 2019
EP 19: Stop Starting. Start FInishing
Multi-tasking doesn't lead to higher throughput, productivity or efficiency. Limit your work in progress (WIP), group work items by complexity and limit context switching. Start finishing what you have on your plate before starting new things and you'll get more done, faster.
March 19, 2019
EP 18: Eliana Georges - An Inspiring 9 Year Old Girl Fights Brain Cancer & Chases The Magic of Life
Eliana is a gracious, inspiring, funny & care-free 9 year old girl. Whether she’s dancing on stage with musician, producer and music mogul Pharrell Williams, being a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, meeting Jimmy Kimmel at a red carpet event, where she was a special guest, appearing on countless television interviews, flamenco dancing or horseback riding, she is always swept up in the magic of the moment, her positive attitude and outlook on life is truly inspiring. You would have no idea looking at her or talking to her what she’s been through.  Eliana has  been fighting for her life almost since the day she was born, starting with a stroke at the tender age of 4 ½ months which doctors determined was caused by a brain tumor. Though she had already faced a potentially fatal brain cancer before she was even half a year old, she had always kept up a positive attitude—and never stopped chasing the magic of life.  Talking with Eliana and soaking in her angelic spirit literally changed how I view people, relationships and experiences.  Listen in to hear this brave, inspiring young girl. 
February 08, 2019
EP 17: The Karate Kid, Shuhari & Mastering Your Craft
The 80's brought us some of the best movies ever made. Breakfast Club, Top Gun, Goonies, Stand By Me, Scarface -  the list goes on. But one in particular, The Karate Kid, taught an important approach to mastery that can be used for just about anything.
January 29, 2019
EP 16: Dr. Ron Darnell - Explicit Coordination, Artificial Intelligence and Getting a Ph.D.
Dr. Ron Darnell is a university professor focused on Organization Management who studied the impact of good explicit coordination practices on the success of organizations and projects. His journey to his Ph.D is both inspiring and educational.
January 20, 2019
EP 15: Start With Why: Think, Act & Communicate From The Inside Out
Ever wonder what sets the most influential people and companies apart from everyone else? It starts with "Why". Everyone knows what they're creating, and most know how to create it, but what's missing all too often is the why they're creating it.  Listen in to learn how to start thinking, acting and communicating like some of the most influential people and brands out there.
January 16, 2019
EP 14: Steve Stewart - Co-Founder, Vezt & Former Manager of Grammy-winning Stone Temple Pilots
Steve is the former personal manager of Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots, managing their career from their inception through their fifth major label release on Atlantic Records. Under Steve’s management, the band’s worldwide record sales exceeded 25 million records, generating more than $500 million in gross revenues.  Steve is now the co-founder of the highly disruptive mobile application Vezt, which enables music fans to invest money in their favorite artists and songwriters and financially participate in their success, while allowing artists to earn money from the music they work hard to create  - something that's never been done before.
January 07, 2019
EP 13: Steve McGee - Leadership & Innovation Coach
Steve McGee is an author, international speaker and leadership coach who helps established businesses implement the management practices that result in business agility. He’s worked with leaders in Japan, Silicon Valley and throughout the globe.  In this episode, we discuss corporate innovation, leadership, and a new, better way of working to enable companies to survive and thrive disruption. To learn more about Steve, visit:
December 28, 2018
EP 12: Gimme a F*ckin Break
Learn to rest, not quit. The hustle is addictive, but it can have a negative impact on your health and the future of whatever you're building. It's ok to take a break. Relax, regroup, reflect and get back to it.
December 05, 2018
EP 11: Be an MVP
Whether you're working on yourself, a product or a service, start small, get feedback and continuously learn and iterate on your design. It's called an MVP, or a Minimal Viable Product. Learn how to incorporate the concept of an MVP in to your own life so you can ensure you're working on the rights things at the right time and creating the best version of yourself and your product or service.
November 02, 2018
EP 10: Julian Rosen - Founder, Fearless Life Project
Julian Rosen is the founder of The Fearless Life Project, a movement to empower and enable entrepreneurs to build massively successful and impactful businesses by boldly reclaiming the passion, purpose and fulfillment they were seeking when they started.
October 26, 2018
EP 9: Set Fear on Fire
Is FEAR holding you back from taking a chance or starting something new? FEAR is a natural, healthy emotion that protects you at times, but when it overcomes your other emotions, it can be disabling, preventing you from moving forward, taking a chance, or starting something new. Let's kick FEAR'S ass and take control of it. .
October 25, 2018
EP 8: Get It Together
Being an Entrepreneur takes commitment, sacrifice, perseverance and support. Surround yourself with people that get it. In this episode, I sit down with my wife Natalie and talk about our journey; Her unwavering support, the extreme perseverance she's displayed in reaching her own vision, and the transformation to becoming an Entrepreneur she's gone through in the process.
October 15, 2018
EP 7: I'm (not) Perfect
Is the desire to be perfect holding you back? In your business? In your life in general? When it comes to perfectionism vs. authenticity, I choose authenticity every time. Or so I thought. Listen in to learn how choosing perfectionism can hold you back and attract the wrong tribe.
October 11, 2018
EP 6: Unf*ck Your LIfe In 60 Seconds
Ever felt like sh*t is piling up on you and the universe is f*cking you? A simple shift in your thought pattern can change the way you emotionally react to life's curve balls and literally unf*ck your life.
September 05, 2018
EP 5: The "Being" Mindset
In this episode, I explore the differences between "being" and "doing" and explain the three core principles of the "Being" Mindset along with examples of things you can do to start adopting the "Being" mindset to help you continuously improve, adapt to change and accomplish your goals.
July 19, 2018
EP 4: The Truth About Goals
In this episode, I explain the fundamental issues with how we set goals and why we don't accomplish them and provide a quick and simple way to approach our goals so we can achieve anything we want.
July 10, 2018
EP 3: Barely Here
In this episode, I discuss the huge issue we face being distracted by our phones & laptops while with other people - being there, but not being engaged and present. I also provide a quick solution to get you on your way to limiting the amount of time you spend on your phone.
July 03, 2018
EP 2: Comfortably Uncomfortable
In this episode, I talk about being comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. Bad relationship, dead end job, financial status, weight. Why do we not take the steps to change and some small things you can do to start turning an uncomfortably comfortable situation in to a comfortably comfortable situation.
July 03, 2018
EP 1: 86400 Seconds
In this episode, I debunk the myth of not having enough time to do the things that are most important to you and share ideas on how to repurpose the time you do have.
June 29, 2018