Taylor Flake


The Power of Agile Teams: twice the work in half the time

“Agile” work practices are revolutionizing the way work gets done in today’s most innovative companies. Teams in these companies are experiencing dramatically more autonomy, shared ownership, engagement, efficiently and effectiveness. While it started in high tech start-ups, it is quickly spreading to every industry. As a Certified Master Coach, Taylor Flake helped establish an “Agile” working practice at one of the world’s most admired companies -- PepsiCo. Thousands of employees were trained across 45 countries with amazing results, including cutting the time to move innovative products from idea to shelf in months vs. years. In this workshop, Taylor will introduce the mindset shifts required to support “Agile” and will share examples of the “Agile” work practices that transform the way work gets done.


Taylor Flake recently founded an executive coaching and business consulting company called Sage Executive Coaches after a 20-year successful career with one of the world’s premier talent academy companies, PepsiCo. At PepsiCo, he led the Talent Development function for their largest division (50,000 employees) where he oversaw the leadership development of hundreds of executives. He developed a Critical Experience Career Model currently used by PepsiCo’s 80,000 global professionals to successfully navigate career opportunities. He has a deep passion for helping leaders identify and close their developmental opportunities. He has demonstrated this capability as a certified internal coach of high potential leaders for the past ten years. Taylor knows how to support leaders in getting off to “fast start transitions” by conducting new leader assimilation sessions to shorten the time required to reach peak performance.

Another area of Taylor’s expertise is in creating high performing teams. He helped lead the global effort to establish an agile team practice that is revolutionizing the way work gets done across PepsiCo; dramatically accelerating innovation, cutting bureaucracy and empowering decision making. Taylor developed a broad business background by serving as the Human Resource Executives on several senior operating teams in both domestic and international markets which achieved industry-leading performance.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications with a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University and Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from West Virginia University. He is certified in Hogan Assessments and as a Cambria Inside Edge Coach. He also completed the Principle of Organizational Dynamics course from the University of Columbia and is currently enrolled in College of Executive Coaches - ICF Accredited Coach Training Program.

Taylor brings a breadth of experience and a global perspective gained through many diverse assignments both domestic and international. Taylor, his wife and children have recently moved from New York to a horse ranch in Utah.