Jeff Sutherland on Leadership Invitation:

Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland advises an Open, leadership-invited approach to Scrum adoption as the MOST EFFECTIVE WAY, particularly when you create an environment where [ people who are not in yet ] want to be in on it.” Date of this video: November 23, 2021. Here it is:

About the OLN

Enterprise-wide agility is difficult to achieve, and is best enabled by the use of Open patterns of communication and interaction.

These Open patterns encourage (and then support) very high levels of engagement. This engagement is absolutely essential for success in achieving enterprise-level agility. Where engagement is strong, results are also strong.

Open patterns facilitate engagement. And engagement in change is key, if that change is going to be successful. The eight core Patterns of Open Business Agility™ are essential:

Open Patterns increase clarity, enhance resilience, and expand possibilities by cultivating substantial engagement in organizational decision-making.

Our Mission:

The Open Leadership Network advances the worldwide adoption of Open Patterns and Practices so that organizations, and the people in them, can thrive.

Our Vision:  

We envision a world where everyone has the option to engage meaningfully in every decision that affects them.

Through our ongoing programs of community events and continuing education, we spread these ideas, by teaching eight specific Patterns of Open Business Agility™:

You can explore each of these patterns in more detail here.

You can learn about and explore our courses of education here.

Our members constitute a community of practice focused on Open patterns and practices.

Membership in the Open Leadership Network community is free. In return, as a Member we ask you to commit to helping us spread the eight Open Patterns of Business Agility.

Invitation-Based Change™ and Inviting Leadership™

Invitation-Based Change is a proven approach to enterprise-level change that uses an inviting style of leadership, with intent to engage as many people as possible in the change process. Inviting Leadership is an Open pattern that acknowledges that lasting change is best invited, and cannot really be imposed. Open patterns of leadership and organizing are always invitational in nature, and designed to engage as many employees as possible in the change process. 

Open patterns and practices are invitational in nature. What brings everyone in the OLN together is our mutual intent to expand the understanding and use of Open Patterns and Practices, in service to greatly improving the results of agile and digital transformation efforts worldwide. 


Engagement is the missing ingredient in the “transformational change” recipe. Worldwide, the essential nature of engagement is routinely discounted and often, even ignored. Methods, frameworks and practices are offered as “transformational” solutions. But if they fail to address the issue of engagement, there is not going to be a “transformation” of anything at all. That’s because engagement is essential:

Transformations can’t be accomplished without others helping voluntarily, & people don’t help unless you engage them first.

-Geoffrey Moore, world renowned management consultant and author of the books CROSSING THE CHASM and ZONE TO WIN

We offer continuing education, community, and conferences for decision-makers…and the professionals who serve them. We teach the mechanics of employee engagement. We teach the core patterns and practices of Open Business Agility™ and Invitation-Based Change™.

Our progressive courses of education in these patterns are delivered conveniently, online, and also in traditional classroom formats.

Worldwide, our members are applying Open Business Agility™ and Invitation-Based Change™ in countries across the globe. These countries include:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • The United Kingdom
  • The USA
  • Vietnam

Our Courses

Every single one of our course offerings is a program of education that explains how to implement one or more of these Open patterns.

Our courses apply broadly to the leadership of org-level change initiatives. The successful leaders of today are finding ways to engage the entire workforce- and focus the attention of the whole enterprise- on higher performance. These leaders are pivoting their style from delegation to invitation

The Open Leadership Network teaches the eight patterns of Open Business Agility and supporting concepts, tools, and techniques such as Invitation-Based Change™ and Inviting Leadership™.


We hope you will join us, by exploring this site, or by participating in one of our periodic events, or by attending one of our courses online.

Signing up is simple and there are no fees for signing up. We invite you to join us in using spreading these ideas as an OLN Member. Sign-up is complimentary and takes 2 minutes. Join us today!

Please contact us with any questions you have.

We welcome your questions and inquiries !