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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1)

Rethink Agile and overcome 90% of the challenges with Agile transformation using "The Sahota" CAL 1 Experience: "Agile" Culture & Leadership (CAL1) Training.


Currently this course is Presented Live On-Line 

Live on-line courses consist of  3 x sessions of 6 hours duration over 3 days

Future In-person dates Scheduled are subject to New Zealand Border status

Certified Agile Leadership with Michael Sahota


Learn. Impact. Grow.

Michael Sahota's unique approach to organisational change comes from Rethinking Agile; a new perspective on people and organisational systems. By focusing on Culture, Leadership, and Organisational 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 organisation to a state of high performance.


Michael Sahota presenting on Agile Leadership


“The Sahota” CAL 1 Experience

Michael K Sahota’s Certified “Agile” Culture & Leadership Training (Certified Agile Leadership 1 (CAL1)) is an intense 3 x 6 Hour sessions over 3 Days of deep exploration into leadership, organisational growth and culture that will deliver a high performance organisation. On completion of the course you will receive the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL I) credential through the Scrum Alliance.



The benefits


  • 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 Experience


What CAL1 graduates had to say:

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.” – 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 organisation. 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 organisations.” – 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 


Ongoing support

Monthly Coaching 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.


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


 Michael Sahota talking with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning at a CAL1 course


Michael Sahota talks about Agile leadership and high performance

Equinox IT Principal Consultant Jasmin Wilkins interviewed Michael about Agile leadership and high performance organisations during an earlier trip to New Zealand. You can watch that interview here:



Executives, managers, coaches and leaders who need to enable success by fostering agility within their organisations. The principles and practices of organisational culture and leadership are the same regardless of your role.



You are expected to have basic knowledge of Agile. This may have come to you through industry experience, reading, meetups or formal training. This course is designed for anyone seeking to foster a more “agile” high-performance organisation. It is accessible and essential for leaders in innovation, lean, human resources, etc. – not just Agile.



Participants are expected to complete 2 hours of videos and readings in advance of the training. Then there is more time to focus on discussion and exploration. The reading guide will be shared with participants after registration.


Certification Requirements & Schedule

You will receive the Certified Agile Leadership 1 (CAL1) certification from the Scrum Alliance. There is no test, but full participation in class is a requirement for certification. This means that you will need to schedule any travel so it does not conflict with scheduled class time. Late arrivals and early departures are not advised as it will interfere with creating a safe learning environment for others and will make certification discretionary.


Michael K Sahota

Michael K Sahota, Certified Agile LeadershipCertified 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 organisation that specialises in the organisational 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 organisational 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.


Michael Sahata Certified Enterprise Coach and CAL Educator



Frequently asked questions

Q. Do all CAL1 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 organisational development journey of the instructor.

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


Q. Do you offer private / in-house CAL1 training?

Yes. Organisations are getting huge benefits from internal CAL1 training. With executives, managers and coaches all in the same room, we increase the shared organisational awareness and alignment needed to get high performance. Participants can have internal discussions that are not possible in a public class.

Michael also offers 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.

New Zealand private / in-house CAL1 training courses can be organised by contacting Equinox IT.


Q: What is the difference between SAFe and CAL?

On the surface, the goals of SAFe and CAL 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 may 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 Org 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.


Q: 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.


Q: Why retake CAL1?

If it’s been awhile since you have 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.

The CAL1 Michael is teaching is evolving at a rapid rate. Every time he and Audree teaches a CAL1, they take a CAL1. They look for ways to deepen their understanding. There are new insights and inter-connections.

Here are some of the key reasons that Michael encourages 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.
  • Michael and Audree's consciousness has shifted. They live their teachings and are on an ongoing personal growth journey. They are modeling and teaching from a very different place so the depth they 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.


What's next?

Michael Sahota's Certified Agile Leadership 2 (CAL2) course is the next step after CAL1.


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