Mark McGrath on the OODA Loop, VUCA, the Philosophy of John Boyd, and Bruce Lee

November 22, 2023

This week on Acta Non Verba, Mark McGrath discuses the importance of adaptability, decision-making, and embracing change in both life and business. Join me and Mark as he shares his insights on theories such as John Boyd’s OODA loop and VUCA, emphasizing the need to constantly update our cognitive software to align with reality. He also discusses the role of trauma in shaping a person’s orientation and the significance of prioritizing people, ideas, and things in organizations.

Mark McGrath is an adaptive strategy teacher and podcast co-host who helps leaders and teams thrive in complex and uncertain environments. He is the Chief Learning Officer at AGLX, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that provides tools and methods for confident and agile decision-making and action (

Mark is the co-host of the podcast “No Way Out,” which advances and honors the legacy of Colonel John Boyd, the creator of the OODA loop, a framework for rapid and effective adaptation. He teaches and applies Boyd’s theories to business and entrepreneurship, leadership development, and coaching. He draws on his cross-functional experience and education in strategic planning, process improvement, capital markets, economics, and the US Marine Corps, where he served as an officer for six years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Marquette University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He speaks Spanish and holds multiple professional certifications. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

You can connect with Mark on LinkedIn at or at his website

Episode Details

Mark McGrath on the OODA Loop, VUCA, the Philosophy of John Boyd, and Bruce Lee
Episode Number: 175

About the Host

Marcus Aurelius Anderson

Mindset Coach, Author, International Keynote Speaker