The Chaos of Leadership (and the Leadership of Chaos)

Christopher Avery & Scotty Bevill | 10:00 – 11:15


Our world suffers from terminal normality. (Notice the mediocrity around you and ask yourself “Is this really what I want?”). Our world also suffers from too much false expertise, wrong answers, manipulative influence, and bad advice.

In this chaos we are taught to make our way ­­ to be a success! ­­ focused on paying attention to right and wrong. And we get skewered. Frequently. We’re told to lead, that leadership is influence ­­ but those in power, i.e., The Leaders, are notoriously poor at more than they admit.

So, we ask: How Do You Know? How do you gain perspective? How do you think for yourself and then lead yourself and others with confidence?

Indeed, how do you organize and lead chaos itself?

With more than 50+ years of leadership study, Scotty and Christopher challenge you today to explore leadership in 5 deceptively simple words they use as guideposts everyday: Intention, Integration, Awareness, Confront, and Contribution.


Christopher Avery is a sought-after, international speaker, author, and business advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and change for companies like GAP, Wells Fargo, and Ebay. Known for his cutting-edge work to demystify and then develop practical team leadership skills for engineers and other technical professionals, Christopher wrote the popular classic Teamwork Is An Individual Skill for everyone who is fed up with working in bad teams. Fortune magazine called it the only book on teamwork you need to read.

As the visionary force behind the worldwide Leadership Gift community, Christopher applies groundbreaking discoveries about personal responsibility and performance to support leaders intent on rapidly building highly reliable, agile, sustainable, and accelerating teams and cultures.

Christopher is president of Partnerwerks Inc., the company he co-founded in 1991 to document best practices for collaborating under competitive conditions. He is an agile coach with Rally Software,  teaching Scrum and Product Owner workshops. Christopher is also a Senior Consultant with the IT and Agile Project Management practices of the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-area think tank. He co-authored the Declaration of Interdependence and co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network dedicated to connecting, developing, and supporting great project leaders.

Christopher earned his Doctorate in Communication of Technology from The University of Texas at Austin where he occasionally lectures. He is a Visiting Scholar at Capella University.

The author of hundreds of articles and commentaries about individual and collective performance at work, Christopher is a popular source for the media.

As a mentor and certified coach, Scotty Bevill has made it a personal mission to assist others in their journey to personal actualization.  From executives and functional management to project teams and independents, a understanding of self as a state of “Agile Being…”

Scotty is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach among other things.  As the Founder and CEO of Bevill Edge®, he keeps a focus on consulting in State Government & Enterprise Business Process Management assessments  and implementations.    Scotty is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach, Project Management Professional (PMP®), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP℠), Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Innovation Games® Trained Facilitator (IGTF),  and Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor (IGQI).