William Strydom

I’m inspired by curiosity and creativity. How looking at the same problem or idea from different perspectives can lead to different insights.

The biggest challenge facing today’s leaders is… the VUCA world we are living in. Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. It will continue to impact businesses and organization large and small.

Things that make me smile include…. the small things in life; noticing the change of seasons; the aroma of a cup of coffee in the morning; people being their authentic selves; looking at the world through the eyes of a child.

When I’m not working, I’m… at home in central Virginia hiking, mountain biking and enjoying the great outdoors with my wife, or traveling and exploring new places.

What matters to me… as Albert Einstein said: ““Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” We need to help leaders grow to the next level of thinking and create learning organizations, so we can stay relevant in the 21st century.

Role

Leadership Coach and Agile Workshop Faculty

Experience

William Strydom is a Co-Active and Agile Coach. He is currently focusing on leadership and agile coaching. He enjoys helping organizations and teams to transition to agile practices gaining agility in their organizations and teams.

He was the Vice President of Technology at an educational company before pivoting his career to focus on Agile and coaching. He has over 10 years’ experience in Agile and over 25 years of software development and IT experience.

His career progressed from a mainframe developer fixing the “Y2K bug”; to a web developer building website functionality which is still being used 15 years later; to a project manager delivering projects within the triple constraints; to leading the technical department in an agile way at an educational company.

He worked in various sectors ranging from the local government, financial institutions, an educational company and the federal government.

Recent clients: Liberty Mutual, Lincoln Financial Group, Census Bureau, Capital One, Virginia DMV

Training and Certifications

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); The Coaches Training Institute
  • The Leadership Circle Profile™ Certification; The Leadership Circle
  • Certified Professional in Agility in the Enterprise (ICP­ENT), ICAgile
  • Certified Professional in Coaching Agile Transitions (ICP­CAT), ICAgile
  • Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SAFe SA); Scaled Agile Academy
  • Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP­ACC), ICAgile
  • Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (ICP­ATF), ICAgile
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI­ACP); Project Management Institute
  • ITIL V3 Foundation Certification; CSME
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM); Scrum Alliance
  • Project Management Professional (PMP); Project Management Institute
  • Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 platform

Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce Information Systems – 1991  University of Pretoria – South Africa

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