How Agile Is Your Business?

Lead Change Blog

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

How Agile Are You?

Rich Gee Group

To succeed you need to be flexible, innovate, and be agile. Developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd, the OODA Loop was applied to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in military operations. 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. The post How Agile Are You?


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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.

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. Businesses need to take one final step: They need to develop capabilities that allow the planned changes to really take hold and that will under-gird a new way of approaching business.

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. In developing a shared competitive agenda and setting strategic priorities, focus on the core and on desired outcomes for stakeholders over the short and longer term.

September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Development. It can also result in agile work practices PLUS increase employee engagement.” The post September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival appeared first on Lead Change.

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.

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

Tanveer Naseer

He has a Board-approved strategy, a solid operating plan with targets, and a newly developed business unit organization structure to implement it. After collaboratively developing a strategy with her Board and engaging all employees in the change process, the time is now to see the changes implemented flawlessly. Learning agility is defined broadly as the ability to apply the lessons of the past to new and challenging situations. Learning agile leaders really like this stuff.

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?

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?

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. But removing layers –… Continue reading → Communication Culture Success Teams Leadership Development Organizational Development organizational successThink of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Pyramids house the dead.

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?

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.

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?

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.

How much do you invest in leadership development?

Lead Change Blog

That requires better strategic thinking, creativity and innovation, and greater agility and responsiveness. I believe, as a consequence, that we need more significant and different investment in leadership development, especially where we need transformational change. We need to re-think leadership development methods. More so, individuals need to recognise for themselves what development is required and pursue this vigorously.

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.

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.

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.

How Much Do You Invest in Leadership Development?

Lead Change Blog

When cultural change abounds, the irony I frequently observe is organisations engage in less leadership development, rather than more. Her situation demands better strategic thinking, more creativity and innovation, and greater agility and responsiveness. However, I remain unconvinced about how effectively organisations are investing in leadership development to meet today’s challenges. I still encounter too frequently outdated approaches to leadership development.

January 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Russ White and Jay Anderson of Development Dimensions International (DDI) shared Agile Ready Leaders Get Their Start in Kindergarten. Russ and Jay write, “To lead a cultural transformation to Agile, leaders require a very specific mindset. In this post, we discuss the four tenets of leading in an agile environment: Be Honest, Be Kind, Be Responsible, and Work in Small Increments.”

This is Critical to Building an Agile, Change Adaptive Organization

The Practical Leader

It’s been a vital focus for many of our leadership team retreats and culture development work. 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.

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.

September 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Dan recaps, “Unfortunately, organizations don’t always do a good job when it comes to nurturing, developing, rewarding, and retaining their high potential employees. John Hunter of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog shared Applying Toyota Kata to Agile Retrospectives. Leadership Development Leadership Management

Develop Agility That Outlasts the Pandemic

Harvard Business

Three tips to avoid going back to your old bureaucratic ways. Innovation Operations Digital Article

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Situational Mindsets: How To Boost Critical Thinking And Deliver Results

Lead Change Blog

Listen in as Mary Lippitt discusses: A new framework for developing leadership effectiveness. Steps to boost critical analysis and mental agility. Webinars critical analysis mental agility Change critical thinking Leadership leadership effectiveness Video WebinarMaking the right call at the right time depends on dynamic contextual factors. But knowing how to set the right goals and make the right call is increasingly challenging.

Agile 360?s Radical Leap

Steve Farber

How does your work culture measure up to this: business Culture Customer Service Extreme Leadership Leadership People Professional Development Teams 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.

Agility in Process Improvement Initiatives


It happens when you collaborate with your team members, customers, business development folks and middle managers. 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.

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

CQ Net - Management skills for everyone!

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. However, there is much more about organizational agility than the well-known product development tools such as SCRUM and Kanban.

May 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! This post explored how companies with agile, mobile workforces outperform competitors. By developing self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management skills within their teams, leaders can drive productivity and innovation. This edition touches on so many nuances of leadership!

What Makes a High-Performance Leader?

Great Leadership By Dan

They are not a leader because their position entitles them to be; they see leadership as a verb, a skill to continue to develop and hone. Agility 2. It is a skill that can be developed and must be developed if you wish to cross the chasm from manager to leader.

Braithwaite Innovation Group Presents the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival! Art Petty of the Management Excellence Blog by Art Petty shares Leadership Caffeine: Becoming Agile and Adaptable is THE Leadership Issue. Instead, immediately start to develop an action plan for success. Julie Winkle Giulioni with DesignArounds shares The Pernicious 4Ps that Undermine Career Development Satisfaction. Kevin Eikenberry of The Kevin Eikenberry Group shares Your Development Belongs to You.

Continuous Development Will Change Organizations as Much as Agile Did

Harvard Business

In 2001, a new approach to technology development was created by a daring group of developers. Called Agile, the process put customers at the center of product development, encouraged rapid prototyping, and dramatically increased corporate speed and agility. While Agile began as a product development innovation, it sparked a corporate strategy and process revolution. Continuous Development is a growing trend in the software industry.

Building an Agile Development Strategy Aligned to Changing Business Needs #cipdldshow

Rapid BI

Building an Agile Development Strategy Aligned to Changing Business Needs Sarah Mellor – John Lewis Partnership Jo Kelly – Waitrose Eloise McNeile & Lucero Tagle – Google Chaired by Peter Cheese – CEO CIPD Peter Cheese sets the scene on one of the most popular session at this years CIPD L&D conference. The post Building an Agile Development Strategy Aligned to Changing Business Needs #cipdldshow appeared first on.

How Agile Teams Can Help Turnarounds Succeed

Harvard Business

Agile — the management approach that relies on small, entrepreneurial, close-to-the-customer teams — has a reputation that reflects its rapid adoption in software development. Their responses to unexpected developments are slow and ill-informed (think of Hurricane Katrina, the Chernobyl meltdown, perhaps even the ongoing disaster at Sears ). For these reasons, modern crisis teams are turning from command-and-control systems to more adaptive, agile approaches.

How to develop your intuition


Leaders need intuition because it fuels agility and creativity in the workplace. They also tend to have a developed sense of understanding about people, how they behave and how to best lead them. Developing your intuition can make you a better leader.

Using AI and Machine Learning for Agile Development and Portfolio Management - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business

But, what about the application of AI and ML to agile development, testing and even portfolio management? For nearly two decades, many companies have utilized the principles within the Agile Manifesto to deliver faster time-to-market than traditional, or linear development models. Read more from CA Technologies: The Key to Agile Success? Survey Data Shows That Many Companies Are Still Not Truly Agile.

Make Your Strategy More Agile

Harvard Business

Originating from agile software development, the sprint has entered the business mainstream as an increasingly popular means to accelerate business model, product, or service innovation. They allow a company to be more agile and to more effectively adapt to digital disruption. But the sprint format isn’t just for development and design anymore. We then collectively developed and presented three competing visions in the form of storylines.

Agile – a leaner, stronger, faster, smarter way to work (for everyone)

Ask Atma

Setting up an Agile based environment for any work group or business. Overview: An agile environment organizes the resources of an organization in a more adaptive and disciplined way. Through new roles and a few rules any organization or group can become more agile. Philosophy: Although agile is originally a methodology developed by software programmers. Consider this statement of values from the original authors of the agile manifesto (Beedle, et al; 2001): I.

It’s Time For Ethically Adaptive Leadership

Leading in Context

Agility and adaptability are mantras for leaders during this time of global unrest and catastrophic change. As we try to find stable footing in unstable times, ethical agility will be a factor in our success. By Linda Fisher Thornton.

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The Secret History of Agile Innovation

Harvard Business

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to expand far beyond IT. Some trace agile methodologies all the way back to Francis Bacon’s articulation of the scientific method in 1620. Today, the Agile Alliance has nearly 30,000 members and subscribers.

Leadership Development for 5 Year Olds?

Great Leadership By Dan

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. This question from Jason Ewing, from : “In your opinion, at what age do people truly begin to develop leadership skills? As coaches, we always tried to incorporate leadership development (on the track) for ALL age groups. I’m certainly no expert in youth leadership development, but I love the question, and it gave me an excuse to dig into the area a little.