“Agile” Culture & Leadership (CAL1) Training

“The Sahota” CAL 1 Experience

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


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

“A new way of being, enables a new way of working”
Evolutionary Leadership takes your organization to the highest levels of performance.


Our unique approach to organizational change comes from Rethinking Agile; a new perspective on people and organizational systems. By focusing on Culture, Leadership, and Organizational Change, this training will provide you with the Knowledge, Mindset Shifts, and Tools to grow yourself. Become an Evolutionary Leader and foster the change necessary to guide your organization to a state of high performance.

“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.

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  • 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 organization.
  • Damage Control: See the hidden organizational 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 energize 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.
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

“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” Leadership Application Call live with Michael Sahota
After you graduate, your learning journey continues with a live monthly Zoom call. This allows you to ask Michael questions and share with other participants as you implement the Sahota Playbook.

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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

Do all CAl 1 trainings cover the same content?

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 organizational 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.

Do you offer private cal1 trainings?

Yes. Organizations are getting huge benefits from internal CAL1 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 CAL1?

On the surface, the goals of SAFe and CAL1 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 CAL1 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 CAL1?

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 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 to expect

– Live Virtual –
“Agile” Culture & Leadership (CAL1) Training

This is a LIVE Sahota CAL1 experience from the comfort of your home or office. You will receive the exact same information
as you would with an in-person experience and all the live interactions with Michael and the other class attendees that make for a unique learning journey.
All you need is an internet connection.

Live Virtual CAL1- Date TBD

Worldwide Training Locations



Toronto, Canada, OCT 26-27,2020


Antwerp, Belgium Oct 12-13, 2020
Vienna, Austria Oct 15-16, 2020
Auckland, New Zealand, Nov 9-10 2020
Sydney, Australia, Nov 2020 - Date TBD



Michael K Sahota

Certified Enterprise Coach, Trainer, Consultant, Culture and Leadership Expert.

Michael teaches his proven framework for leading successful Agile Transformations in his highly accoladed Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1 & 2) Training worldwide with over 40% of graduates with the Scrum Alliance.

Michael is the founder and CEO of SHIFT314, Inc – a boutique training and consulting organization that specializes in the organizational culture and leadership needed to unlock success with Agile Transformations. His model for Consciously Approaching Agile guides the creation of a cultural and leadership context where Agile drives lasting organizational results.

Since 2001, Michael has been guiding success with Agile. As a thought leader, in 2012, 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 “Agile” Culture and Leadership. His vision is to create Evolutionary Leaders that create change and impact on a global scale.


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