How Agile Is Your Business?

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What does that say about business agility ? Fundamentally, an agile business can move quickly, decisively, and effectively in anticipating, initiating, and taking advantage of change. The post How Agile Is Your Business? Professional Development change strategy online tools agile Business Development Change Management remote teams

Never Enough … Excellence, Agility, and Meaning

Leading Blog

Bush and Barack Obama, Mike Hayes, says Never Enough is about aiming for excellence, agility, and meaning in everything we do. Never Agile Enough. Agility is about awareness and being flexible enough to do what needs to be done to get the desired outcome.


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How Agile Are You?

Rich Gee Group

To succeed you need to be flexible, innovate, and be agile. The phrase OODA loop refers to the decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act — the approach favors agility over raw power in dealing with human opponents in any endeavor. In fact, decisions occurs in a recurring agile cycle of observe-orient-decide-act (OODA): Observe – What’s happening? The post How Agile Are You?

Escaping the Change Management Trap: From Rigidity to Agility

The Practical Leader

There’s lots of talk about building agile organizations. Agile approaches began a few decades ago with software development. ” The last few years, there’s been a broader movement to applying agile principles to leadership and organization development. Agility.

Management Agility

Coaching Tip

Their book, "ACCELERATING PERFORMANCE: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility" demonstrates a research-backed approach to how organizations and leaders can drive transformation in a highly disruptive, ever-changing world. Source: Colin Price: Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility. "Warm and fuzzy" works well for internet memes--not for management advice. .

Agile Strategizing

Coaching Tip

A key task for agile leaders is to build the organization's capacity to act over the short, medium and long term: Closing the implementation gap requires a strategizing approach, building momentum for change by making decisions and involving and enabling the teams who will implement them. Source: Linda Holbeche: The Agile Organization: How to Build an Innovative, Sustainable and Resilient Business.

Vital Keys to Leading a Fast, Flexible, and Agile Organization

The Practical Leader

Recently, we had discussions with a senior leader about his goal to build a more agile organization. This leader had been talking urgently about agility for the past six months. Poorly aligned agile teams were launched to implement critical new programs.

An Agile Culture Ripples Out From the Leadership Team

The Practical Leader

Many leadership teams seem to think that talking about agility will magically transform their organizations. The authors of a recent Harvard Business Review article, “The Agile C-Suite,” studied hundreds of companies.

An Overview: Agile and Enterprise Architecture

Strategy Driven

Agile is basically a philosophy that accompanies a way of working. You have to know how to be agile, flexible and decisive. Agile origin. What is agile? How does Agile architecture add value to the business? Agile architecture is based on the 360 ??customer

Agility: 8 Pillars For Building Self Organizing Teams


Last week, I was invited to speak as a panelist at Agile Carnival, Chandigarh where I expressed my thoughts on Agile as a method and as a mindset. Agility in our approaches is one of the most potent ways to deal with the challenges of a constantly changing world. Here is the summary of a few thoughts I shared (and a few more): Agile is not just a method or process, but a mindset. Over to you: What have been your experiences in building a self-organizing and agile team?

The ”New Normal” For The C-Suite – Learning Agile Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

The New Normal: Learning Agile Leaders Who Operate At The Enterprise Level These are real CEOs from real companies across vastly different industries, with different business models and different profit motives. Learning agility is defined broadly as the ability to apply the lessons of the past to new and challenging situations. In essence, learning agile leaders “know what to do when they don’t know what to do.” Learning agile leaders really like this stuff.

Organizational Agility

Coaching Tip

. . . In this new reality, organizations are going to need to change how they change, to increase their organizational agility, to increase the flexibility of the organization, to create a culture of continuous change and simultaneously inhibit the appearance and for growth of the aforementioned change gaps. One way to do handle these challenges is to take a more agile approach to change.

Agile Working – Benefits for Women and Industry

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4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Improve Their Business With Agile Marketing

Strategy Driven

Agile marketing has been lauded as a must-have for marketing teams and big-name businesses. Agile boosts discipline and communication. And that’s where Agile’s methodologies come in. The Agile term for this 15-minute session is the daily standup.

Building Agile Organizations: Adapting Faster


Making your organization a well-oil machine, that operates faster and more efficiently, is something every business has been after for years. Here’s how to do it. Today’s post is by Maureen Metcalf, a principle here at thoughtLEADERS.

If Your Business isn’t Agile, You Won’t Have a Future. It’s That Simple

Great Leadership By Dan

So rapid is the pace of new developments, and so diverse the forms of competition, that many large corporations struggle to be agile enough to compete. Not surprisingly, the need for organizational agility sits high on executive agendas everywhere. So how do agile organizations square the circle – obtaining the speed, innovation and flexibility they want – while employees get the fair deal, at least in terms of development, flexibility and empowerment, they want?

Business Agility Is Really About Adaptability

N2Growth Blog

Most of my clients these days are seeking help in developing strategies that will enable them to become more agile and quick. But, many struggle to embrace the deeper implications of what that really means to build business agility. Sure, nearly everyone I speak with on the subject recognizes that business agility is about being able to readily respond to changes in the marketplace. But, what does it really take for a business to become more agile?

Making Sense of Speed, Agility and Innovation

Leading Blog

Or what about being more “agile.” Agile was originally a software technique, meant to shorten software development times and make the development team more accountable to customer needs. From there, everyone is adopting the concept of “agile.” There’s agile marketing, introduced by thought leaders at CMG. Can agile help you win more? In truth, factors like speed, agility and innovation aren’t all that valuable by themselves.

Agility, Daily Standups And Delighting Customers

Eric Jacobson

My two favorite learnings from Stephen Denning ’s new book, The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming theWay Work Gets Done , are the following: First, where Denning explains the 10 elements of an organization/company that is passionate about, and driven by, the goal of delighting customers. He explains the power of this daily practice at successfully agile companies: “In a daily standup, teams hold brief daily meetings to share progress and identify impediments for removal.

Developing Range Versus Demonstrating Agility

The Center For Leadership Studies

The post Developing Range Versus Demonstrating Agility appeared first on Situational Leadership® Management and Leadership Training. Articles Leadership & Strategy

New Book Announcement: Becoming Agile

Eric Jacobson

The new book, Becoming Agile: How the SEAM Approach to Management Builds Adaptability illustrates the process of becoming an agile organization. This short-format case study of the French company Brioche Pasquier highlights how one organization successfully implemented the principles of agility using the socio-economic approach to management, detailing each step of the process and describing how every decision brought the goal closer within reach.

Why organizational agility matters: The agility – performance relationship

CQ Net - Management skills for everyone!

One of those tools that has been already around for some years is organizational agility. In this blog post we explore the agility – performance relationship and ask whether striving for agility is worth it

Agile leadership: what it is and how to get it


There is a term for people that learn and are able to capitalize on it: “learning agility” Leaders who are agile learners are quick thinking, decisive, curious, intuitive and take (what others might call) risks. Agile leaders are exactly what we need in our organizations that are getting bigger, flatter, and more complex. Be reflective: Set aside time daily to reflect about what you’re learning in your quest to become more agile with your new experiences.

Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

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Jon Younger is founding partner of the Agile Talent Collaborative (and partner emeritus at the RBL Group where he established the firm’s HR transformation practice. He is the author of 5 books including the new Agile Talent: How… Read More Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris.

5 Steps for implementing with Agile Test Automation development

Strategy Driven

There are many challenges in implementing Agile Test Automation development. Therefore, this article will detail five steps for implementing Agile Test Automation development and offer up some words of wisdom.

How a Learning Culture Supports Agility

Roundtable Talk

The old … How a Learning Culture Supports Agility Read More » The post How a Learning Culture Supports Agility appeared first on The Roundtable.

3 Strategies that Minimize Hierarchy and Maximize Speed and Agility

Leadership Freak

Bodies are agile. Organizational leaders try to increase speed and agility by removing layers from pyramids. Think of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Pyramids house the dead. But removing layers –… Continue reading → Communication Culture Success Teams Leadership Development Organizational Development organizational success

5 Ways To Encourage Learning Agility

Niagra Institute

The world of work is changing, and it is putting increased pressure on employees and the organizations they work for to keep pace. According to IBM’s Future of Work Trends, “the total number of skills required for a single job increases by 10% year over year.

How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

It’s the essence of agility. Why Agility is Important for Your Business. Agility is defined by McKinsey & Company as “… the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and thrive in an environment characterized by rapid change, ambiguity, and turbulence.” Agility allows your company to: Empower employees. How do we implement an agile mindset to incorporate both sides of the productivity equation?

Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Jon Younger is founding partner of the Agile Talent Collaborative (and partner emeritus at the RBL Group where he established the firm’s HR transformation practice. He is the author of 5 books including the new Agile Talent: How… Read More Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris.

Agility and Mindfulness – You Need Both


Agility perfectly describes what’s needed for you to survive and thrive. Being responsive just isn’t enough… you need to be agile. The dictionary describes agility as “nimbleness”; my own spin on the word is that it includes being responsive and mindful. You can only be truly agile when you are truly mindful. It takes a mindfulness to be an agile leader; in order to respond to what is happening around you, you must be present to it.

The Principles of Agile Planning

Strategy Driven

Agile methodology has taken the IT industry by the storm, and now it’s spreading to other sectors. Scaling Agile in enterprise-level environments is a daunting task. They’ve paved the way and left many proven practices and principles of Agile in their wake. Here is how to use smart planning to make strides toward greater agility and market success. As soon as Agile transcends a one-team environment, complex challenges arise. Adopt an Agile Mindset.

Friday Fun – LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership #408 #ff

Rapid BI

LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership. A little something before the weekend: Friday Fun – LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership #408 #ff This cartoon has been produced by Jon Carter with thanks. The post Friday Fun – LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership #408 #ff appeared first on RapidBI. cartoon #funfriday agile working cartertoon

Agility in Process Improvement Initiatives


Bottom line: In an agile business environment where change is not only constant but rapid, we need agility in how we improve. The pace of change is accelerating and business leaders who are responsible for improvements need keep up with the pace. While plan-do-check-act methodology has been around for long, the time it took was way longer. For organizational improvements (and the personal ones), what do we need today? What would business expect from improvement initiatives?

In 100 Words: Agility and Embracing Uncertainty


We are comfortable with what is predictable. This impacts our choices because we want to maximize the chances of success. Then, once in a while, we are thrown into situations where we have no control. It compels us to carve a way out and create a map as we go. We learn the most here. The key to success in VUCA world is to embrace the uncertain without waiting to be thrown into it.

This is Critical to Building an Agile, Change Adaptive Organization

The Practical Leader

To build agile, change adaptive organizations, the action of leading — taking initiative, seeing new possibilities, encouraging and supporting, reframing, harnessing the winds of change to grow forward, and overcoming helplessness with hopefulness — needs to be broadly shared by everyone everywhere, regardless of formal roles or positions. The post This is Critical to Building an Agile, Change Adaptive Organization appeared first on The Clemmer Group.

How Agile Project Management Can Improve Your B2B Business

Strategy Driven

Agile project management can seem to be complex and daunting to undertake but it doesn’t need to be. The difference is that agile management is specifically targeted at adapting the project as it progresses, ensuring the end result is more successful and meets the changing demands of the business or customer. As such, agile management can be extremely beneficial for B2B businesses. Agile management will take project management one step further.

Applying Toyota Kata to Agile Retrospectives

Curious Cat

Related: Toyota Kata Song – The Times They Are Changing (2011) – Agile Software Development and Deming Management Ideas – Webcast on the Toyota Development Process – Future Directions for Agile Management (2008). Lean thinking Process improvement Software Development agile management culture kata retrospectiveHåkan Forss , King (interactive entertainment games), presentation at the GOTO Copenhagen 2015 conference.

Building Agile Organizations: Adapting Faster


Making your organization a well-oil machine, that operates faster and more efficiently, is something every business has been after for years. Here’s how to do it. Today’s post is by Maureen Metcalf, a principle here at thoughtLEADERS. Many organizations feel the need to be thinner, faster, stronger, more adaptable, more profitable, etc. The right toolset […]. This is only the beginning of the thought. Please click the article headline above or go to [link] for more.

How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

Agile organizations treat disruption and adversity as opportunities.” In this environment of constant change, I often hear that we should be agile. That’s one reason I was interested to talk with Leo Tilman and General Charles Jacoby, who co-wrote a new book, Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption. They define agility and offer leaders a roadmap for navigating change. AGILITY aims to address this urgent need.

Why Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Is Not Working

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Leadership Skills for Building a Learning Culture


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To be agile or not: When to increase organizational agility in your team or organization

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Organizational agility is one of the key trends in almost all areas of management. Most of the available knowledge about when to apply an agile approach and how to apply it is related to product development.