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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL-E & CAL-O)

Rethink Agile and overcome 90% of the challenges with Agile transformation using "The Sahota" CAL 1 Experience: "Agile" Culture & Leadership (CAL1) Training. “A New Way of Being Enables a New Way of Doing”


The CAL-E & CAL-O course is presented in two different formats, either In person two full days or three days live online. The upcoming session in March 2024 is in person in Wellington.


Agile and Beyond.

Our unique approach to organisational 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 Organisational Performance.


Michael Sahota presenting on Agile Leadership


Unlock Your Organisation

Discover the SHIFT314 unique approach to unlocking organisational performance.

Our “Agile” Culture & Leadership Training is an intense deep exploration into Leadership, Organisational Change and Culture that will deliver a high-performance organisation.


Get Certified

The SHIFT314 Certified Agile Leadership training has migrated from CAL 1 to the Scrum Alliance’s new CAL-E and CAL-O certifications.



SHIFT314 Technology

High-Performance Culture

  • Psychological Safety: See the hidden organisational 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 KPIs 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.

Organisational Performance

  • Eliminate Resistance: Learn how to navigate conflict and friction within your organisation.
  • 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.


SHIFT314 CAL1 chart


What 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, Scotia Bank
  • “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 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 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 “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 organisations. We 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


“Agile” Culture & Leadership (CAL1) Training

Join Michael with the CAL1 training. Join other participants in sharing insights and Rethink Agile with this unique learning journey.

Join us for the LIVE Sahota CAL1 Experience.





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 before the training. Then there is more time to focus on discussion and exploration. The reading guide will be shared with participants after registration.


Michael K Sahota

Michael K Sahota, Certified Agile LeadershipSpeaker, 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.


Michael Sahata Certified Enterprise Coach and CAL Educator



Frequently asked questions

Q. What is CAL-E, CAL-T, & CAL-O?

Scrum Alliance is replacing our Certified Agile Leadership 1 (CAL 1) program and will now be: CAL-Essentials (CAL-E), CAL-Teams (CAL-T), and CAL for Organisations (CAL-O). More information can be found on the Scrum Alliance website:

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


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

After completion of the current “CAL1”, 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.


Q. What is required to achieve the credentials?

There is no test, but full participation is required. You will receive the CAL-E and CAL-O credentials from the Scrum Alliance. 


Q. Do all CAL1 training cover the same content?

No. And there is a good reason for this.

All CAL1 training 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's 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 and 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 we may 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 a while 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 interconnections.

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 to 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, limiting 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 modelling 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, 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)


Q. 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 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:


What's next?

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


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