“Agile” Culture & Leadership  Training

“The Sahota” CAL-E & CAL-O Experience

“Agile” Culture & Leadership (CAL1) Training

“The Sahota” CAL 1 Experience

For a limited time, this course will be offered as a



Our unique approach to organizational change comes from Rethinking Agile. We take you on a journey to a deeper understanding of Agile.

We go Beyond Agile – it’s about how to create a Cultural and Leadership environment where Agile, Digital, DevOps and other new ways of working can thrive.

This is a journey of Evolutionary leadership and Organizational Performance.

Unlock Your Organization

Discover the SHIFT314 approach to unlock organizational performance.

Our “Agile” Culture & Leadership Training is an intense 2 days of deep exploration into Leadership, Organizational Change and Culture that will deliver a high performance organization.

Get Certified

The SHIFT314 Certified Agile Leadership training has migrated from CAL1 to the Scrum Alliance’s new Certified Agile Leadership Essentials, Certified Agile Leadership for OrganizationsCAL-E and CAL-O certifications.

“The Sahota” CAL 1 Experience

Michael K Sahota’s Certified “Agile” Culture & Leadership Training is an intense 2 days of deep exploration into leadership, organizational growth and culture that will deliver a high performance organization. Certified Agile Leadership (CAL I) credential through the Scrum Alliance.

SHIFT314 Evolutionary Leadership  Framework™ (SELF)

High-Performance Culture

  • Psychological Safety: See the hidden organizational debt around safety, trust, and listening so that you can create a healthy ecosystem for success.
  • Unlocking Metrics: Many of the metrics we report on are complicated and hindering success. Focus on the KPI’s that really matter.

Evolutionary Leadership 

  • Mindset Shift: Simple and effective neurobiological shifts to clear unconscious programs that limit success. See them, Shift them.
  • Sahota 4 A’s Conscious Leadership Model: take your leadership journey to the next level.
  • Effective tools to create alignment, engage and energize people.

Organizational Performance

  • Eliminate Resistance: Learn how to navigate conflict and friction within your organization.
  • Transformation: Learn where it is failing and how to make progress in the face of complexity
  • Sahota Playbook For High Performance: Use this step-by-step guide to create sustainable lasting success.
Executives and Managers

“This “experience” is not what you think it is. It is so much more than agile. Agile is the bait, the big catch is a deeper understanding that everything is possible if one invests efforts in leading cultural change.”

S. Vietz
Senior Manager, Scotiabank

“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 the Michael engages everyone.”

G. Stevens
Director, Scotia Bank

“This promoted such beneficial reflection on what we do each day, why and how. And where we are getting it wrong!”

K. Baker
Senior Director, Australian Government

“You want agile? Do this first.”

A. Graham
CIO, Metrolinx

“The best leadership training, I have ever experienced.”

J. Bergeron
Partner, PwC

“During this training the most valuable insight gained was to get out of my own way. The delivery of the material challenged my way of thinking.”

R. Ellerman
CEO of DisputeSuite.com

“Leadership is a journey, not a destination.”

E. Arregui
resident and CEO

“If you are, or want to be a true leader in a modern organization. This is a must take training.”

M. Grace
Owner & CTO
Agile Coaches

“Amazing course. Take a dive into the psychology and spiritual elements of leadership. This is not something you will have experienced before. It’s beyond Agile. I feel enlightened.”

M. Huynh
Scrum Master and Agile Coach

“This is a “must attend” class if you aspire to be a leadership coach- some really powerful task and techniques to enable leadership to create a high-performance culture and organizations.”

N. Malhotra
Agile Coach

“It’s an amazing journey! Jump with both feet.”

M. Carmo
Scrum Master

“Best training ever! Huge impact on myself and probably on my future.”

N. Tournemire
Agile Coach

“Michael and Audree guided me through a truly inspiring, and yet concrete journey towards high performance leadership”

M. Leber
Executive Consultant, Agile Coach, Trainer

“If you thought there has to be more to high performing team than just Scrum/Kanban/XA- you’re right! It’s all about people (you included). This course will open your eyes to the possibilities.”

M. Blackwell
Scrum Master

“Michael Sahota’s CAL 1 is actually a leadership experience beyond buzzwords. A good step for your journey to growth.”

A. Schliep
CST/Partner, Das Scrum Team

A Look Inside Our Interactive Training Environment

Ongoing Support

Monthly “Agile”Integration & Application with Michael Sahota
Live monthly Zoom call. This allows you to ask Michael questions and share with other participants as you implement the Sahota Playbook.

Daily Network
Join us on the SHIFT Continuum through Mighty Networks. This is a free, without ads community. Connect with our graduates worldwide who have the desire and passion for high performance organizations. We support each other with shared learning, free courses and resources to create a community designed for sustained success.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CAL-E, CAL-T, & CAL-O?

Scrum Alliance is replacing our Certified Agile Leadership I (CAL I) program and will now be: CAL-Essentials (CAL-E), CAL-Teams (CAL-T), and CAL for Organizations (CAL-O). More information can be found on the Scrum Alliance website: https://www.scrumalliance.org/get-certified

The Sahota CAL1, will continued to be offered as a 2 or 3 day training as: CAL-E + CAL-O: “Certified Agile Leadership Essentials for Organization Leaders”

With the credential changes through Scrum Alliance, which credential will I now receive?

After completion of the current “CAL-E & CAL-O”, we will process your credentials through Scrum Alliance for CAL-E & CAL-O, as CAL1 credentials will no longer be issued through Scrum Alliance after December 31, 2020.

Do all CAL trainings cover the same content?

No. And there is a good reason for this.

All CAL-E & CAL-O 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.

Our CAL-E & CAL-O 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.

Do you offer private CAL-E & CAL-O trainings?

Yes. Organizations are getting huge benefits from internal CAL-E & CAL-O training. With executives, managers, and coaches all in the same room, we increase the shared organizational awareness and alignment needed to get high performance. Participants can have internal discussions that are not possible in a public class.

We also offer an integrated training and coaching approach that gives leaders the ongoing support they need to make the shift to a new way of working and being.

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What is the difference between SAFe and CAL-E /O?

On the surface, the goals of SAFe and CAL-E & CAL-O 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 we do to improve things with as little organizational change as possible.

The focus of the Michael Sahota CAL-E & CAL-O 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. It is the missing foundation that will allow you to unlock your current approach to Agile be it SAFe, Less, etc.

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.

Why retake CAL-E & CAL-O?

If it’s been a while since you had taken your CAL-E & CAL-O, 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 CAL-E & CAL-O
The CAL-E & CAL-O we are teaching is evolving at a rapid rate. Every time we teach a CAL, we take a CAL. 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” CAL-E & CAL-O:

  • 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 modeling 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)

What happens to CAL1 Credential Holders with CAL-E, CAL-T & CAL-O now replacing CAL1?

Not to worry, your CAL1 credential is transferrable.  You may elect to change/upgrade to the new credentials. With migration, participants will get all three certifications: CAL-E, CAL-T and CAL-O certification.

The caveat here is that the new badges are certifications and have annual renewal requirements unlike the existing credential.

More information can be found on the Scrum Alliance website: https://www.scrumalliance.org/get-certified

ALT vs CAL1 - Which one to choose?

ALT and CAL1 both have the same content enjoyed by 2000 leaders worldwide. It is the SHIFT314 frameworks and tools for unlocking Agile and high performance through a shift in Culture and Leadership. Both have access to free monthly calls.

ALT is a pre-recorded immediate access self-paced training, while CAL1 is a live virtual interactive training experience. CAL1 contains the most recent updates and improvements to the training. It also offers the opportunity for direct interaction with trainers and other participants for an enhanced learning experience.

What to expect

– Live Virtual –
“Agile” Culture & Leadership (CAL-E & CAL-O) Training

Join Michael with the CAL-E & CAL-O (Certified Agile Leadership Essentials, Certified Agile Leadership for Organizations) Live Virtual Training. This is a high-quality production, multiple cameras, and breakout interactions to give you a compelling high paced experience. Join others from across the globe, share insights and Rethink Agile with this unique learning journey. 

Join us for the LIVE Virtual Sahota CAL Experience.




Michael K Sahota

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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