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Certified Agile Leadership Training with Michael Sahota
(CAL1/CAL-E and CAL-O)

Rethink Agile and overcome 90% of the challenges with Agile transformation using "The Sahota” CAL-E & CAL-O Experience.


Michael Sahota provides a unique approach to organisational change by Rethinking Agile.  In this course, we will take you on a journey to a deeper understanding of Agile.

By going Beyond Agile –  we create a Cultural and Leadership environment where Agile, Digital, DevOps and other new ways of working can thrive.

Sahota’s “Agile Culture & Leadership Training” is an intense three days of deep exploration into leadership, organisational change and culture that will deliver a high performance organisation. Discover the SHIFT314 unique approach to unlock organisational performance.

During this highly-participative course you will explore models of culture and receive a playbook to guide the next steps on your journey of creating high performance organisations. This is a journey of evolutionary leadership and organisational performance.

Please note:

Due to travel restrictions and challenges, this course will be held online, in place of in-person training. We are moving to a 3 Day format – which is the same as our previous 2 day course, just spread over 3 days to make time zones work better and reduce fatigue.



12-14 December 2022
11:00 to 17:00 BST (UTC + 1)




Doing vs. Being Agile: Success requires the integration of Doing Agile and Being Agile. Create an environment that will support both.

Shift Destructive Behaviour: Simple and effective neurobiological shifts to clear unconscious programs that limit success. See them, Shift them.

Sahota 4 A’s Conscious Leadership Model: Stand in the truth of how you show up and discover your path of growth. The 4 A’s Leadership Model enables you to take your leadership journey to the next level.


Eliminate Resistance: Learn how to navigate conflict and friction within your organisation.

Damage Control: See the hidden organisational debt around safety, trust, and listening so that you can create a healthy ecosystem for success.

Transformation: Learn where it is failing and how to make progress in the face of complexity


Effective tools to create alignment: Engage and energise people to unlock productivity and high performance.

Unlocking Metrics: Many of the metrics we report on are complicated and hindering success. Focus on the KPI’s that really matter.

Sahota Playbook For High Performance: Create impact. Use this step-by-step guide to navigate transformation to create sustainable lasting success.


Michael Sahota’s Certified Agile Leadership training has migrated from CAL I to the Scrum Alliance’s new CAL-E and CAL-O certifications.

Attendees must be fully present and participating (on Zoom with video) during the entire training to receive the CAL-E and CAL-O certifications from the Scrum Alliance. I.e. no driving, no other meetings. We support this requirement to support an optimal training environment for participants.

SEUs/PDUs: 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.

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Rethink Agile: Overcome 90% of the Challenges with Agile Transformation


What GBP
Super Early Bird (booked 2 months before course start date) £1285
Early Bird (booked 1 month before course start date) £1350
General Admission £1490
Dates Time Host Location
17-19 April 2023 11:00 – 17:00 BST Michael Sahota Online Book now


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 organisational development journey of the instructor.

Our CAL1 experience, reflects the unique intellectual property developed over a decade of professional practice. Our approach has been proven around the world through the success of our graduates.

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

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 organisation. One might say the focus is on Doing Agile. The focus here is on what we do to improve things with as little organisational change as possible.

The focus of the Michael Sahota CAL1 Experience is an integrated view of Organisational, Cultural, Leadership and Organisational Change. It’s about Being Agile: How we use an Agile Mindset to create a nimble flexible organisation powered by engaged, innovative people. It’s all about creating a High-Performance Organisation using Agile. It is the missing foundation that will allow you to unlock your current approach to Agile be it SAFe, Less, etc.

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.

If it’s been awhile since you had taken your CAL1, here is some information for you to consider if you’d like to take a CAL1 refresher before moving forward and taking a CAL2.

Evolution of CAL1
The CAL1 we are teaching is evolving at a rapid rate. Every time we teach a CAL1, we take a CAL1. We look for ways to deepen our understanding. There are new insights and inter-connections.

Here are some of the key reasons that we encourage graduates to join us in a “modern” CAL1:

  • There is new information. Get up-to-speed with a new baseline of understanding so you can be more successful.
  • Now that your consciousness has shifted, you can receive more of what the course offers. Your first time through, there was a lot of letting go and releasing that which limited the reception of new information. Grads who have attended multiple times report a deepening and new unlocking each time.
  • Our consciousness has shifted. We live our teachings and are on our ongoing personal growth journey. We are modelling and teaching from a very different place so the depth we bring to this subject has increased. People, for example, report that Michael is much more present, calm and clear – much more fully embodying the teachings.

Here are some key evolutions:

  • Introduction of the Sahota Playbook for High-Performance (Jan 2017)
  • Playbook refinement & clarity (Spring 2017)
  • Linking Sahota Culture Model to Agile Culture (Fall 2017)
  • Inter-weave of complexity model to culture models (Spring 2018)
  • Addition of Agenda (Self-Sabotage) (Spring 2018)
  • New Playbook Step – Relationship Health (Fall 2018)
  • Integration of Theory X-Y with Leadership Behaviour (Fall 2018)
  • Enabling “Autonomous, Self-Organizing Teams” (Spring 2019)
  • New Playbook Step – “Tactical Go”. (Summer 2019)

An internet speed of at least 8 Mbps (up & down) (check your speed by Googling “speed test” and run the test)

A front-facing camera so that everyone in the class can see you. (Test this before the course.)

Audio with the ability to speak to and hear each other in the class (test this before the course)

Zoom meeting technology


“Awesome, enlightening and entertaining. I gained valuable insights in how to accept the truth, and to listen more to others, while being aware of my own bias. I liked that everything was interactive and the way Michael engages everyone.”

G. Stevens
Director, Scotia Bank

“This is a must attend class if you aspire to be a leadership coach. Some really powerful tasks and techniques to enable leadership, creating a high-performance culture and organisation.”

N. Malhotra
Agile Coach



Speaker, Trainer, Consultant & Author on Evolutionary Capabilities (Culture, Leadership, Change);

Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC)

Michael K Sahota, CEC, is a Thought Leader, Author and Speaker in the Agile Industry. Michael is the co-founder and CEO of SHIFT314 Inc.

Michael’s life’s work is a system to enable evolutionary capabilities in people and organizations to create high performance through Business Agility. He published the ground-breaking book An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide: Working with Organizational Culture. In 2018, he published Emotional Science: The Key to High Performance. Michael is working on his upcoming book on Evolutionary Change.

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