“Agile Culture & Leadership” – Masterclass (CAL 2)

“The Sahota” CAL 2 Experience

Taking Your Leadership to Extraordinary

You are ready to fully unlock the challenges with Agile and deepen your leadership growth.

“The Sahota” CAL 2 Experience

Michael Sahota’s CAL 2 is a continuation and extension of CAL 1. It is a deep dive into the concepts of the CAL1 that includes practical role-playing experiences and advanced personal growth skills. It also covers additional material that builds on CAL1, around organizational evolution and high performance. It consists of a 3 day in person training/workshop followed by a 4-month integration program.

What you need to be here:
  • You want to get better at crucial conversations with leaders
  • You want to learn facilitation techniques to rock the playbook
  • You want playbook extensions for growing leadership and culture
  • You know the impact CAL1 had on your personal and professional life and want more
  • You want the competitive edge to influence culture shift in organizations
  • You can see the gaps in your leadership ability and want to get to clear
  • You know that your leadership growth is the key to your success and want to grow

In-Person Training/Workshop

This is an intense 3 days of deep exploration into leadership, organizational growth and the connection of culture to high performance organizations. During this experience, participants will undergo a process of letting go of existing behaviours that block their abilities to be an effective leader; they will explore models of culture and receive a strategic/tactical playbook to guide the next steps on their journey of creating high performance organizations.

Upcoming Training


#1. In-Person Training/Workshop
This is an intense 3 days of deep exploration into leadership, organizational growth and the connection of culture to high performance organizations.

During this experience, participants will undergo a process of letting go of existing behaviours that block their abilities to be an effective leader; they will explore models of culture and receive a strategic/tactical playbook to guide them on the next steps on their journey of creating high performance organizations.

#2. Integration Program – Peer Review Sessions
(after in person course)
In groups of 4-6 people, participants will continue as a peer-group to integrate and deepen the learning as they are put into practice. Participants will document their application of course learning and get peer feedback and review on their analysis.

*This work and participation in these sessions is mandatory for certification.

#3. Integration Program – Large Group Review
The whole class will have a half-day online meeting to review and integrate learning. Each participant will make a short presentation to the group – it can be from an existing topic already shared in small group, or any topic related to the course.

Full Duration: 4 months. (3 day training followed by approx. 1 day/month)

“This week my company launched a new network in Italy with two of the biggest online gaming companies in the world. Getting through the regulatory bodies was a grind and I knew it would be our most challenging release to date. Under extreme pressure, we got the performance of a lifetime out of the two teams assigned to launch this network. We basically just got out of the way and let the team shine. We have been getting congratulatory emails all day from members of the board, my CEO, CTO, COO, etc… Wouldn’t have happened without my 5 days in CAL. Wanted to share with you how appreciative I am.”

N. Shulman
Director of Agile Product Management at Global Daily Fantasy Sports Inc.

“CAL1 & CAL2 helped to shape and organise my thinking around a new way of running organisations; a more caring, compassionate and emancipatory approach which I found to be truly inspiring. It also gave me space and confidence to deeply reflect on my impact and how I show up. Since CAL I’ve taken the message back to my organisation and to my great excitement have found the it resonating widely. We are in the process of dissolving our hierarchy and exploring new methods of decision making, adapting our organisational structure to this brave new world.”

T. Holliss
Product & Development Director at ZappiStore

“Don’t think it. Do it. You can’t explain the course to anyone who has not done it. Just do it.”

S. Smith

“Personal rollercoaster ride: Opens up your eyes, challenges & changes your current believes in a very effective & efficient way. Audree & Michael facilitate & steer these sessions in a very unique way!”

M. Feller
Head Agile Delivery & Transformation

Course Outcome

  • Certified Agile Leader Certification (CAL) Designation from the Scrum Alliance
  • The Sahota CAL 2 Playbook for High Performance Organizations
  • Tactical/practical skills to create high performing organizations
  • Cultivate an organizational and cultural context where Agile may flourish
  • Personal growth practices for high performance
  • Development of leadership mindset needed to support growth
  • Advanced practical skills in “Agile” Organizational and Leadership approaches to decision making, change, engagement and high performance
  • Network and community of participants around the world

Course Pre-Requisites

Course Pre-Requisites:
CAL1 certification by Michael K Sahota. See F.A.Q. for additional Details.

Certification Requirement:
Certification will be granted to participants who:

  • Prepare for and participate in peer-review sessions.
  • Pass peer and instructor assessment on final ½ day review meeting.

You are welcome to attend the training to get the knowledge without going through the certification process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know I am ready for CAL 2?

1. You are hitting up against your “leadership edges” and want to grow through them to show up more as the leader you want to be.

2. You have been able to apply parts of the Sahota Playbook for High Performance but want to learn how to use it better to influence others and unlock success.

3. You want to learn more practical details – the step-by-step “how to” of operating the material in the Sahota CAL1.

What if I took CAL 1 from another Instructor?

Each CAL is as unique as the instructor. Michael Sahota provides a unique CAL1 experience where people learn his Playbook for High Performance Organizations ™ .

In CAL2, we build on unique information shared only in the Sahota CAL1. As a result all CAL2 participants must have completed Michael Sahota’s CAL1 or taken online Leadership Training.

If you have already taken a CAL1 with another instructor, we would be happy to offer you a heavily discounted seat to reflect your commitment to learning and growth or assist you with Online training registration.

Our recommendation is to take our CAL1 in person since there is material that is unique, deep and different from other CAL1 programs. It is well worth the additional time invested to get deep change in organizations.

Not sure? Contact us?

Should I take a CAL 1 refresher before taking CAL 2?

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 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:

  1. There is new information. Get up to speed with a new baseline of understanding so you can be more successful.
  2. 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 limited the reception of new information. Grads who have been multiple times report a deepening and unlock each time.

Here are some key evolutions:

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

How soon after CAL 1 can I take CAL 2?

Many people report our CAL1 as a transformational experience. It is an intense shift in perception and a powerful exploration of our own personal limitations. Our CAL2 is an even more intensive personal growth experience.

They can be taken back to back. And this is only recommended for people who are ready and seeking serious personal development.

Where possible, we suggest taking 3-6 months between CAL1 & CAL2. We offer CAL2’s on an annual basis around the world.

Not sure? Contact us?

Why do you recommend 3-6 months between taking CAL 1 and CAL 2?

Our CAL1 course is an intense two day experience. Our CAL2 experience is an even deeper exploration into your leadership journey and very practical application of the CAL1 material. Taking time between the two CALs allows you time to implement your learning and understanding from CAL1, to help you better identify your leadership edges and apply the Sahota Playbook for High Performance to feel ready to move forward. Many people report benefit in taking time to integrate and apply the information.

Isn't it easier to take CAL 1 and CAL 2 at the same time since the material will be fresh?

Much like anything the experience is different for different individuals. On the one hand our CAL2 Masterclass is very beneficial to reinforce and integrate our CAL1 by going deeper into the concepts and connecting with application in a variety of perspectives. Many people describe our CAL1 as “Enlightening” and “Life Changing”. Our CAL2 even more so. Take a moment to consider how ready you are to be deeply challenged around your beliefs about how you personally show up. If you are ready to be deeply challenged, and your desire for personal growth is a 9 or 10 out of 10, then taking these back to back will be perfect for you.

Have others taken CAL 1 & CAL 2 together and have gotten successful results?

Yes. We have had several students take the CAL1 & CAL2 in succession of one another, with tremendous results and having a fantastic experience to continue to learn and grow from.

Is there a discount if you take CAL 1 and CAL 2 together?

Yes. We do offer a small discount, if you choose to register for CAL1 & CAL2 together when they are offered in the same week at the same location.

Why is there no CAL 2 Credential?

The Scrum Alliance has a two part program.

Part 1 of the program (CAL1) gives the Certified Agile Leader I Credential.

Part 2 of the program (CAL2) gives the Certified Agile Leader Certification. This is when you actually get certified

For more information, please see Scrum Alliance CAL Program Page.

What if I cannot participate in the Peer Review sessions?

To get certified you must fully participate in the peer review sessions. This is a time where you will learn from your peers, share experiences and network. Certification of CAL 2 through the Scrum Alliance will depend on full participation, and positive peer review. Please allow for a 4 month process for the complete CAL 2.

You are welcome to attend the training to get the knowledge without going through the peer certification process. Course fee is the same.

How do I arrange my travels?

This course is a very intense process where the participant will need time for integration. It will be advised to stay on site or close to the course location. To receive the most out of your course; arrive early on the first day of the course, stay on site and book flights for the following morning after the course is over.

What comes after CAL 2?

We all understand that leadership is a lifelong commitment, where growth happens over time and experience. We at Agilitrix are excited to announce the next step in your leadership path. The Academy of Leadership Mastery (aka JEDI School) is our next step after the CAL program.

– Live Virtual –
“Agile” Culture & Leadership- Deep-dive (CAL2) Training

This is a LIVE Sahota CAL2 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 CAL2 Jun 22-24, 2020

Worldwide Training Locations



Toronto, Ontario, OCT 28-30, 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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