Agile 360?s Radical Leap

Steve Farber

Agile360 (a division of Entisys Solutions) has woven the principles of Extreme Leadership –Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof–into their physical space and company culture in a deeply significant way.

10 Quotes from Businesswomen to Move You to Action in 2013

Women on Business

Now, it’s time to highlight another great collection of quotes from businesswomen with Sandy Sidhu’s 10 Insights to Move You from Idea to Action in 2013, which she featured on her site, Sidekick PM. “Stay agile.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Leadership Caffeine: 5 Ideas to Bring Strategy to Life on Your Team

Management Excellence

Here are five ideas to help you span this gap: Leadership Leadership Caffeine Strategy Improving Your Team''s Strategic Agility Leaders and Strategy

Leadership: A Sense of Purpose

Lead from Within

Blog Career Character Communication Integrity Lead From Within Leadership Leadership Development Mission Personal Development Purpose Trust Values Workplace Agility Heart Based Leadership Leadership Development.

How to be Quick Under Pressure

Leadership Freak

Agility without direction destroys. You swerve left. They dash left, then right, then left again, until one day it’s too late. The closer your car gets to squirrels in the road the more they panic. Unrelenting pressure creates panic. Anyone can rush around like squirrels on steroids. It takes time to be quick. Rushing […]. Fear Leading Marks of leaders Stress Leadership Development organizational success

Make a list of “to becomes”


The best leaders I know are staying current and agile through change by developing themselves. . Leaders need to constantly develop themselves as human beings. There is so much external change for them to adapt to that the need to be intentional about personal development is essential.

Remaining a Beginner


It’s called “beginner’s mind”, a child-like state of curiosity that will allow continuous learning to help you stay agile, to be able to respond to the changes around you, and to foster innovation in yourself and others.

Tilting the global balance: An interview with the CEO of Solvay

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Christian Jourquin Hervé de Barbeyrac Jean-Pierre Clamadieu McKinsey & Company McKinsey Quarterly Rhodia Ruben Verhoeven the appropriate role for a global CEO seeking to build a fresh culture the dangers of “sequential” thinking the importance of strategic agility [comma] radical plans for the group’s top talent Tilting the global balance: An interview with the CEO of Solvay

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 10/21/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Conf!dence: dence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic The Office Politics Handbook: Winning the Game of Power and Politics at Work Jack Godwin Unlimited Sales Success: 12 Simple Steps for Selling More Than You Ever […].

Blog 77

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 4/29/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries "A Corporate Climate of Mutual Help": Edward Schein "Creating the Best Workplace on Earth" "Make Your Next Innovation Jam Work" "The Agility Factor" "What successful organizational transformations share: McKinsey Global Survey Results" Alessandro Di Fiore Art Kleiner “Five Factors for Winning” “The Discipline of Managing Disruption”: Clayton Christensen “The Role of a Manager” Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 4/29/13) BOB Brian Tracy Christopher G.

Blog 77

Leaders take action

Lead on Purpose

The Product Management Perspective: Agile development has become an important software development methodology. While it doesn’t make sense for every product development group to use Agile, the idea of iterating between planning and development can (and should) be applied regardless. Great leaders understand the responsibility of doing things right, making sure they’re accomplishing the goals they’ve set out for themselves and their organizations.

The Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages


To survive the turbulent times of our day, companies need to be agile: shifting strategies as fast as possible, when necessary, and even adapting strategies that are in the process of implementation to the new environment the company finds itself in. “Strategy is stuck.

Leadership Development for 5 Year Olds?

Great Leadership By Dan

26% Learning Agility. I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my eBook. This question from Jason Ewing, from : “In your opinion, at what age do people truly begin to develop leadership skills? I coached young children in a summer track and field league for about 6 years. The youngest age group was 5-6 years old.

069: 9 Telltale Signs of Influence 3.0

Engaging Leader

What used to work for leaders in the past is no longer as effective today. Today’s workforce is more diverse, with more women and more ethnicities represented. New technologies make information accessible to everyone. And globalization means greater competition and opportunities.

7 Mental Barriers for Leaders


by Gary Cohen Breaking mental barriers can be a struggle for even the most agile leaders. You spend a lifetime building walls around beliefs and a worldview that gets you certain, predictable outcomes. You stay within the walls of your worldview and you enjoy success.

Three Surprising Leaders Who Demonstrated the Importance of Flexibility


This did not deter Arnold, who gathered resources from all over to build a small and agile navy with an eye on delaying the British fleet. [Editor''s Note: This is a guest post from Brian O''Neill. Brian is a freelance writer out of Chicago who blogs for Engaged Leadership.

Crucible Roles


Ability : Create a list of innate characteristics (mental agility and emotional intelligence) and learned skills (technical, interpersonal, and functional) that your organization believes to be critical in nature, as a whole and to a specific leadership role.

Has Your Team Size Become Too Big for the Campfire?

Great Results Team Building

And small teams are more agile, more transparent, more aware of each other’s strengths or needs, more accountable, and far more likely to come to quick decisions.

Team 151

Hiring (not Firing) for Soft Skills – TTI Success Insights

Chart Your Course

How agile will she be in adapting to change if the company were to switch CRM systems, and does she posses the initiative in learning and implementing new technologies that comes from having the well developed skill of continuous learning? HIRING (NOT FIRING) FOR SOFT SKILLS. By Cindy Rosser. When you’re in the process of reviewing potential candidates, it’s easy to fall prey to common biases, especially when you rely on resumes and interviews.

Skills 122

Evaluate Your Emotional Agility

Harvard Business Review

My colleague Christina Congleton and I wrote an article about this for HBR in November, encouraging readers to build something we call “emotional agility” – that is, the ability to attend to and use one’s inner experiences (both good and bad) in a more mindful, productive way.

How to Prepare Well: 3 Lessons


No matter how well you prepare, uncertainty is almost inevitable and hence preparation should help you remain agile and adaptable to changing situations.

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

Harvard Business Review

The result, I think, is a set of ideas that together are important, useful, and original, and that feel like quite an accurate account of the management concerns many of us shared in 2013. McKinsey may have been hired in 2013 by the Vatican, the Bank of England, and the owners of the Rangers and Knicks, but they’re also acting to stave off threats to their business model. Emotional Agility.

Aligning Your Organization with an Agile Workforce

Harvard Business Review

Leaders recognize that lean and agile business strategies require new ways of accessing talent to fill critical gaps — without necessarily bringing on more full-time employees. Studies of the global agile-talent community vary in their estimates of the size of the population.

The Advisor’s Corner – Can Failure Be My Friend?

Strategy Driven

AGILITY : expect and encourage agility and flexibility to move from a non-working idea to a possible one. Question : How can I stop being so worried about failing? StrategyDriven Response : (by Roxi Hewertson, StrategyDriven Principal Contributor).

How Strategic Agility Can Lead to Denial

Harvard Business Review

All hail the agile! Some time in the last year, I spend 40 minutes and 55 slides telling a roomful of senior executives about a trend that was “on approach.” Trend X emerged sometimes in the 1960s and was now moving towards them with something like the force of a Tsunami. Trend X was in the process of disrupting the industry, hollowing out the client’s business model and turning their value proposition inside out. I finished my talk. I asked for comments and questions.

Complimentary Resource – Six Success Factors for Building a Best-Run Marketing Organization

Strategy Driven

Complimentary Resource – 10 Metrics for 2013 Marketing Success. Six Success Factors for Building a Best-Run Marketing Organization. by SAP.

Developing Software Using Deming’s Ideas

Deming Institute

Describing the importance of creating software using Deming’s ideas as expressed in agile software development , TJ says. Scrum, scrum, agile they are great methodologies and they certainly have a place in software development as methodologies themselves.

Make Agility Part of Your Process

Harvard Business Review

With increasing industry disruption, efficiency is fast becoming of secondary importance to innovation and agility. The goal was to make IBM more agile and able to predict — even prescribe — where IBM's markets would go. Rational managers for the past thirty years have tightly focused on efficiency, cost cutting, and day-to-day execution — perhaps to a fault.

StrategyDriven Leadership Conversation Episode 7 – Sixteen Sources of Leadership

Strategy Driven

Relate Articles: StrategyDriven Leadership Conversation Episode 3 – Agile Balance. StrategyDriven Leadership Conversations focus on the values and behaviors characteristic of highly effective leaders.

The Best of November 2013

Harvard Business Review

Managing Yourself Emotional Agility Susan David and Christina Congleton All healthy human beings have an inner stream of thoughts and feelings that include criticism, doubt, and fear: “ I’m a fake.” “ He’s a jerk.” “ It was the same in my last job.” But don’t just take their word for it -- try the process out for yourself, with the accompanying emotional agility exercise.

What Leadership Book Will Be On Your 2014 Reading List?

Eric Jacobson

As you think about what business books you want to read next year, how about adding to the list at least one book from the list below. Perhaps a book that will help you improve your leadership skills.

Four Ways to Market Like a Startup

Harvard Business Review

In an age when consumers decide within seconds whether or not to abandon a web site, big marketers need to act more like agile startups, maneuvering and adapting in real-time. Marketers need to become ever more agile and flexible to succeed.

How to Have the IT Risk Conversation

Harvard Business Review

Agility : Changing business processes with acceptable cost and speed. For example, ask yourself: do your security people think about agility risks? They consider agility as well as access risks. Why don''t IT people share your love of accuracy and agility?

A New Type of Philanthropy: Donating Data

Harvard Business Review

At the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, the Global Pulse initiative (where I serve as director) was set up by the UN Secretary-General as an R&D lab to find out whether Big Data and real-time analytics could help make policymaking more agile and effective.

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

A second accelerant of IT delivery is the iterative software development philosophy known as "agile development." Agile projects have focused on standard, non-critical systems. In 1998, RIM launched the BlackBerry. A year later, the second version got a full keyboard.

CIO 16

Lessons in IT Innovation From Silicon Valley

Harvard Business Review

But our recent research has taught us a lot about how management innovations can travel — in this case, from Silicon Valley tech sector companies known for their experimentation and agility in information technology (IT) management to the much older Bay Area companies who are their neighbors.

CIO 16

Our 10 Most Popular Posts in 2015

Deming Institute

What’s Deming Got to Do With Agile Software Development and Kanban (2013). Deming and Lean: The Disparities and Similarities (2013). Deming’s 14 Points for Management (2013). Weekly page views for the Deming Institute blog from December 2013 to December 2015

Making Management as Simple as Frisbee

Harvard Business Review

Drawing on the software development practices known as Agile, Scrum, and XP, the teams work in short, iterative cycles of test-driven development with direct customer feedback as the work proceeds.). Complexity is not a new condition.

Getting Big Results from a Small Business Unit

Harvard Business Review

One reason Hopkins is outpacing others is because it created an agile satellite unit – Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) – within the much larger parent organization solely dedicated to these projects. Move with agility.

The Imperatives of an Organization Built for Speed

Harvard Business Review

Just as agile product development methods, such as Scrum , use process and tracking tools to set and track execution rhythm, so must the organization''s leader measure and monitor to ensure useful output. In Greek mythology, Hydra , an ancient water-serpent had many heads.

Yes, Managing IT Is Your Job

Harvard Business Review

The only competitive advantage comes though agility, keeping ahead of the competition, moving on to the next technology wave.

Marketers, Let Your Egos Go

Harvard Business Review

At the Monetate Agility Summit 2013 in Philadelphia at the beginning of April, I shared the stage with famed marketing optimization expert (and friend), Bryan Eisenberg (co-author of bestselling books like Waiting For Your Cat To Bark? What if your ideas didn''t matter?

If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People

Harvard Business Review

So how does a firm build its power and agility in innovation? As the convergence of digital technologies drives unprecedented levels of change in global marketplaces, it is very much a reality that a company must, as Bill Gates put it, “innovate or die!” In the race for relevance to future customers, the greater a company’s innovation capacity, the greater its chance of success.