I have “lived life in the trenches”. Literally, because I had to learn how to dig one in Army basic training. Before that, it was learning how to be “street smart” in the projects of western Massachusetts. So that means I have an accent different from Boston. Who can understand those people anyway? And that brings me to this point – creating understanding, playfully. I love to play in life and dance with all our “people-y-ness”. My path had me appreciate life through the eyes of a hard-working single mother, which led to a greater prosperity of leaving the projects and understanding our humanity inside the world of books and community. Wanting to attend university, I took a path to the Army to generate funding. The Army took me to Germany, and I got to discover amazing cultures and personally experience the complexity of being human in multiple human systems. Life and University had me discover philosophy and business and software. I took all that to begin a career in business and then later, software startups and stumbled on leadership and agility. And I mean “stumbled”. At the turn of the millennium (that is fun to write), I co-created and led a software startup and was asked to lead another for a bit and learned what “agility” meant, again, “in the trenches”. I value pragmatism, stoic philosophy and the delightful mystery of being human. During my startup years, I began studying my own leadership and later chose to pivot to consulting on business operations, organization design, agility and leadership. My path, while consulting in the realm of business agility and leadership, then led to training with Organization Relationship Systems Coaching and certifications with Co-Active Coaching and the Leadership Circle Profile. So, since 1990 I have lived, worked, breathed and coached in the “trenches of life” and love the journey. Credentials wise: I have earned: CSM, SPC, ICP-ALP, ICP-TAL, ICAgile Authorized Instructor in Leadership, Co-Active Leadership, Leadership Circle, and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (ACC / PCC) which all adds up to this … I have experienced agility and then got certified, I have experienced leadership and then got certified, I experienced coaching and being coached, and then got certified. These days I coach, mentor and guide enterprise coaches, leaders and leadership teams on their journey of leadership and systems awareness. And I love it.
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Phillip Cave Phillip is professionally certified organization and leadership agility coach levering Co-Active coaching, Relationship Systems coaching and the Leadership...
I am currently Operations Manager of Trans4mation, where my focus is managing all back-end operations - including planning and coordinating events/workshops, facilitating financial reporting, building an online presence for our organization, and most importantly, bringing inspiration and passion to work. My goal is to always bring joy and positivity and to make a difference every day. So often we hear about the bad in the world or focus on negativity, but I believe it is important to remember there is always more good than bad. Focus on making a difference each day, even if for a moment. Tell someone the simple words "You Matter." I love these words by Sue Krebs, "You might be but one drop in a bigger ocean, but even that drop causes ripples which affect every other drop."
I feel lucky to be a part an organization where we help not only other people and systems change, but also internally, within ourselves. Prior to Trans4mation, I was in the wedding industry for 9 years. Although an entirely different realm, I was thrilled to help create and be a part of something so beautiful - love & happiness.
I studied Mass Communications, Public Relations and Business at Virginia Commonwealth University and am proud to be part of the VCU RAM Alumni.
When people plunge into unchartered waters of change it can be the most stressful time of their lives. I know how that feels. Having spent the last 12 years as a consultant to large-scale Agile transformations, and in the prior decade as a leader in telecom, I have experienced first-hand the complexities that challenge leaders to develop and execute relevant vision and strategy. My contribution to transformation is informed by my own personal transformation journey, my work with organizational transformations for nearly 25 years, mentoring and coaching leaders, teams, students, and my studies. Early in my management career, launching new divisions and expanding into new markets, I realized that the missing ingredient in the people I was hiring was not technical skills, but rather the professional competencies, leadership traits, and emotional and social intelligence. Eighty percent of career achievements are determined by these skills and begin to take shape at a young age. With a passion for people, relationships and growing emerging leaders, and as a leader to my organization, I decided to study executive coaching and critical professional and life competencies - and that was the beginning of my coaching career. I was inspired to work with youth as the leaders of our future and started and ran many youth programs in my local community. My executive coaching included clients such as Women in the Press, Capital One, Morgan Stanley, and dozens of others. In 2005, I discovered Agile, a unique fit for my skills and passions, and began working with my first large-scale Agile transformation. For the last 11 years, I have dedicated myself to being an architect of change. Since then my formal credentials include Leadership Circle™ and Leadership System™ Certified Practitioner, 4Sight Conscious Change Consultant Practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), SAFe Agilist (SA), ICAgile Professional, and I founded the Agile Richmond user group. I also studied in the Organizational Behavior program at Ashford University. I am currently co-founder and Managing Partner of Trans4mation where my focus is conscious integral leadership development and organizational agility and co-author with Michael Spayd of our upcoming book Transformation! Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework™ to achieve Breakthrough Results.
In a word, my life’s work is about transformation. I am wired to help people and systems change, beginning with myself. Drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching organizations, leaders and teams, I have been an organizational change coach and consultant for more than 25 years, working in Fortune 1000 to small businesses.
I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformations since 2001, continuing to learn and benefit from many great teachers. Training as an Organizational Systems Coach created a foundation for my approach, as well as in executive coaching, organizational change, systems methods and consciousness transformation. A Co-active leadership program was particularly influential in my own leadership journey, teaching me the difference between intention and impact. In 2010, I co-founded the Agile Coaching Institute with Lyssa Adkins. I was CEO there until having accomplished the mission, we sold the company in 2017. I co-founded Trans4mation in 2016 with Michele Madore. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Michele and I are currently finishing work on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Transformation! Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework™ to Achieve Breakthrough Results. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile Transformation Framework, was released in January 2014.