Certified Agile Leadership Training

“The Sahota” CAL-E & CAL-O Experience

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  • Fundamental Rethink of Agile
  • Overcome 90% of the challenges with Agile
  • Avoid the Agile Traps

Find out more about Scrum Alliance’s credential program CAL-Essentials (CAL-E), CAL-Teams (CAL-T), and CAL for Organizations (CAL-O) on the Scrum Alliance website.

The Sahota CAL-E & CAL-O, is offered as a 2 or 3 day training as: CAL-E + CAL-O: “Certified Agile Leadership Essentials for Organization Leaders”.

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

Get certified in both CAL-E and CAL-O (Certified Agile Leadership Essentials, Certified Agile Leadership for Organizations) with Michael K Sahota through this Live Virtual Training.

This is a high-quality production, multiple cameras, and breakout interactions to give you a compelling high-paced experience. Rethink Agile with this unique learning journey with other professionals from across the globe. 

Psychological Safety

Develop the cornerstone of high performance for a healthy organizational culture.

Unlock Metrics

Introducing the SHIFT314 Metrics Innovation. Learn measure, and improve what really matters.

Agile Mindset Shift

SELF™ the most rapid and direct means to shift your consciousness and mindset. Step into the next evolution of human potential.

Playbook For High Performance

Your step-by-step guide to eliminate resistance, energize people, and unlock success.

Tools, Techniques & Strategies

Master powerful leadership tools and techniques that impact immediate results.

Multi-Team Alignment

Discover how to get teams working together seamlessly, aligned and collaborative.

While we have over 500 testimonials, people were willing to publicly share about the course, we have selected a few to give you a sense of what to expect.

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

Upcoming CAL-E/O Training

  • Australia, New Zealand
  • Nov 29- Dec 1, 2021
  • North America
  • November 8-10, 2021

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.

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 interconnections.

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)
  • SELF Maps, Models, Tools and Principles (Spring 2021)

If you would like some guidance, please reach out to us directly at SHIFT314.

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.

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

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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