The Open Leadership Network and Business Agility

Everyone wants enterprise-level business agility. But the reality is that business agility is not really possible without the use of Open patterns of organization, Open patterns of leadership, and Open patterns of communication and interaction.

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

The mission of the Open Leadership Network is to teach Open patterns and practices throughout the world, so that organizations, and the people in them, can thrive.

Through our programs of continuing education, we teach these Eight Patterns of Open 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. 

Business Agility is not really possible without implementing Open patterns and practices. Open patterns and practices are INVITATIONAL in nature. What brings us together is our 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. 

Employee Engagement

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

The Members of the Open Leadership Network are successfully achieving real and lasting improvement, worldwide, by applying eight simple patterns:

The Eight Patterns of Open Business Agility

Successful enterprise agility requires Open patterns and practices. These are the eight fundamental 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 Courses

Every single one of our course offerings is a program of education that explains how to implement at least one aspect of Invitation-Based Change. The idea here is to engage employees in the change, by inviting them to assist, actively, in shaping the change as it progresses through time.

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 concepts, the tools, and the techniques of Invitation-Based Change™.


We hope you will join us, by attending one of our periodic conferences around the world, or by attending one of our courses online.

Please contact us with any questions you have.

We welcome your questions and inquiries !