How Agile Is Your Business?

Lead Change Blog

Many businesses will find new operating models that significantly enhance their competitiveness; others will collapse and disappear. 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. Leadership Development


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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?

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. Level 2 is about operating on a scale. .

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.

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. She needs her leadership team to collaborate across silos, make difficult strategic and operational decisions and lead with a more integrated “One Company” mindset.

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.

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 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. Experienced operators in the field have better knowledge and more current information than remote dictators or their mercenary agents do. Standard operating procedures fail because the situations are by definition nonstandard. The agile approach is indisputably better.

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. High-performance leaders operate with a growth mindset and are great communicators. A growth mindset means they operate with: 1. Agility 2.

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.

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.

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business

Its hierarchical authority, specialized division of labor, and standard operating procedures enabled companies to grow far larger than they had ever been. I know it is critical for the leadership to embrace agile, but the sad reality is that I’m not sure our leadership team will start before it’s too late. Rather than debating the advantages of agile teams, why not start demonstrating them? Learn and experience how agile works. Develop team agility.

10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo. A 2015 PwC study of 6,000 senior executives , conducted using a research methodology developed by David Rooke of Harthill Consulting and William Torbert of Boston University, revealed just how pervasive this shortfall is: Only 8 percent of the respondents turned out to be strategic leaders, or those effective at leading transformations.

Preview Thursday: Developing a Positive Culture Where People and Performance Thrive

Lead Change Blog

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Developing a Positive Culture Where People and Performance Thrive . In spite of the evidence that people and performance thrive in a positive organization, the majority of organizations still operates from the “mechanistic mindset” that manages people like human resources. Positive organizations are agile, more innovative, competitive, collaborative and productive.

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together

Harvard Business

Increasing volatility, uncertainty, growing complexity, and ambiguous information (VUCA) has created a business environment in which agile collaboration is more critical than ever. Organizations need to be continually on the lookout for new market developments and competitive threats, identifying essential experts and nimbly forming and disbanding teams to help tackle those issues quickly. Create inclusive and trusting environments to facilitate agile collaboration.

The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

Harvard Business

I find these particularly relevant to personal development, as individuals often must resolve the tensions between competing values and traits and must carefully monitor their own strengths so those strengths don’t lapse into weaknesses. I’ve begun to view this as the ability to hold two specific traits in balance: consistency and agility. On the other side of the spectrum, great leaders are agile. ” Are you more prone to consistency or agility?

Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile

Harvard Business

The capacity and willingness of managers to plan developed throughout the century. Corporations developed large corporate units dedicated to it. The frustrations with current planning practices intersect with another fundamental managerial trend: organizational agility. One of the key principles underpinning team-based agility is that teams autonomously decide their priorities and where to allocate their own resources. Agile planning is the future of planning.

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Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. Data and analytics represent a blurring of the traditional lines of demarcation between the scope of IT and the responsibilities of operating divisions. For IT to operate in the data and analytics space often takes realigning roles and responsibilities. The integrated operational data and analytics function.

How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

Harvard Business

If software has eaten the world, then agile has eaten the software world. While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with the promise of a substantial and sustained spike in team productivity and efficiency. A Quick Introduction to Agile Management.

Survey Data Shows That Many Companies Are Still Not Truly Agile - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business

In Today’s Digital Economy, Agile Practices Can’t Be Limited to Just the IT and Development Realms. By Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies. Agile practices have a vital part to play in the rapid delivery and continuous maintenance of software-driven products and services. When software is ubiquitous, agile needs to be likewise. Agile Adoption Goes beyond IT and Development to Other Organizations in the Business.

How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Harvard Business

Many companies are attempting a radical — and often rapid — shift from hierarchical structures to more agile environments, in order to operate at the speed required by today’s competitive marketplace. Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt agile principles , while others like Zappos, are on the bleeding edge of organizational transformation.

What Is Agile Marketing? The Strategy You Need to Know About

Strategy Driven

A 2018 study shows that 37% of polled marketers rely on agile marketing. Most people associate agile with the software development world. In a world where operational efficiency is critical, it was inevitable that agile would impact marketing.

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2021

Leading Blog

Upstanding : How Company Character Catalyzes Loyalty, Agility, and Hypergrowth by Frank A. Ghosn spent two decades building a colossal partnership between Nissan and Renault that looked like a new model for a global business, but the alliance's shiny image fronted an unsteady, tense operation.

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Zurich Insurance Group Takes Its IT Infrastructure to the Agile Cloud - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Building on a relationship that dates back to 2004, Zurich Insurance Group is working with DXC to move from traditional data center outsourcing to a Platform as a Service model, taking advantage of next-generation cloud management technologies to lower operating costs and accelerate development.

The Leadership Dance

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. It builds confidence, creates agility and develops grace. Experienced dancers develop a feel for each partner and adjust their own movements to ensure they stay in step. Communications Leadership Miscellaneous Operations & Strategy Success Brian Layer Hard Leadership how to lead well Leadership Dance leading people well Leading those who are hard to lead N2growth

Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy

Harvard Business Review

Most organizations continuously strive to achieve operational excellence, but they spend less effort understanding customer needs — and few marry these two sources of customer value effectively. In 1996 Tesco adopted Toyota Production System approaches to take its supply chain operations to an even higher level. Their agile supply chain allowed them to replenish small stores at the same cost as big stores — so they could charge the same prices in every format.

Mayday! Mayday! How to Build Trust in a Crisis

Leading Blog

A team with high levels of trust will have the agility necessary to make decisions and react quickly to fluctuating situations. And the more trust increases, the more smoothly and quickly your operation can run. Maintain agility.

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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. In this excerpt from their book, Agile Talent , Younger and Smallwood explain how to align your organization with the needs and expectations of a workforce that is increasingly external, project-based, and flexible. Agile Talent. Organizational Development Book.

The Power of the Process

Lead Change Blog

Armed with these insights, I developed a service proposal that described how we would work together in creating a strategic plan and implementing a strategic management process. —————— An effective operating plan is strategic. While an organization’s vision doesn’t change much over time, the roadmap guiding activities that bring it to life are likely to require adjustment as operating conditions evolve.

Make Agility Part of Your Process

Harvard Business Review

With increasing industry disruption, efficiency is fast becoming of secondary importance to innovation and agility. We believe that organizations need to explicitly develop two parallel management systems: the operational system that manages the short-term execution of work — what we call the "Surface System," and a second system that focuses externally on sensing and driving strategic change — what we call the "Deep System." Operations

Nine Key Strategies for Going Beyond Great

Leading Blog

With this in mind, they offer a new standard of performance defined by nine key strategies in three areas—growth, operation, and organization. Operating Beyond: Rethink How Their Companies Operate.

2020 Hindsight: Learning for Tomorrow

Lead Change Blog

And through the gyrations of the year, many leaders saw levels of agility, adaptiveness, and creativity in their organizations beyond anything they’d previously imagined. Identify what has become clear about your business and the way you operate this year. What parts of your operating model worked well during the heights of disruption and which showed the biggest gaps or development opportunities? So many terms come to mind to describe 2020: Unexpected. Uncertain.

Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Harvard Business

In the spirit of becoming more adaptive , organizations have rushed to implement Agile software development. But many have done so in a way that actually makes them less agile. These companies have become agile in name only, as the process they’ve put in place often ends up hurting engineering motivation and productivity. Agile software development. This process is exactly what Agile was meant to eliminate. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images.

As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

Harvard Business

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. To meet these challenges, we see three priorities for developing the next generation of leaders in the “work-disrupted” age: Mastery of Digital. Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders. employees, customers, free agents, communities we operate in) and so much more. Mastering digital requires leaders to be agile amid disruption.

7 CEO Success Tips – How To Be A Better Leader

N2Growth Blog

Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth. Whether you are an emerging leader with a small team or an experienced leader responsible for directing the daily operations of a multinational organization, these seven CEO success tips will allow you to glean insight into your marathon by looking at the roadmap to help you win the race without fail. They have to be agile in their approach to use surprise against VUCA to impair its ability to cause unwanted and unnecessary chaos.

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Capture Lessons Learned For Transformation Success

Lead Change Blog

Organizational capability to develop and continually strengthen a change management muscle is required for success in a world characterized by uncertainty. Did the project plan prove to be an effective, flexible and agile road map for change and resource allocation?

Scaling Leadership

Leading Blog

In the words of Robert Anderson and William Adams, authors of Scaling Leadership , “We are running an Internal Operating System that is not complex enough for the complexity we face. This is our Development Gap.” We need much more of the kind of leadership that is capable of scaling innovation, adaptability, sustainability, agility, and engagement as it is growth strategy. Their research indicates areas that all leaders need to consider and develop where necessary.

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2020

Leading Blog

Amazon’s impact is so pervasive that business leaders in nearly every sector around the world need to understand how this force of nature operates. Doing Agile Right : Transformation Without Chaos by Darrell K.

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The 3 Mental Qualities of Great Leaders

Leading Blog

Only when we have developed a consistent habit of doing that can we then better understand and lead others and then collectively our teams and organizations. These two qualities “help us to be mentally agile and effective.” “As More specifically, a stronger sense of selfless confidence arises, helping you develop the second quality of MSC Leadership: selflessness. Leadership DevelopmentL EADERSHIP BEGINS in the mind.

Improving Leadership Bench Strength

N2Growth Blog

A fter reading Gartner’s report on How to Build Leadership Bench Strength , these are my conclusions: HR already invests 23% of its Training and Development budget in Leadership and 27% on the high potential professionals.

Is Your C-Suite Working As A Team?

Lead Change Blog

In the VUCA world in which we now operate many businesses have become more agile, networked and team centric in order to respond to the challenges of more competition and digital disruption. However, up to now many of these approaches have been implemented in functional areas like sales and operations, and the C-suite has been left unchanged. Professional Development freelancers collaboration impact shared leadership

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Time to Lead: What We Can Learn from Great Leaders

Leading Blog

Developed from Isaiah Berlin’s expose of the Greek poet Archilochus statement that “the fox knows many smaller things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” They are operation rather than strategic leaders.” (As They are agile and adaptive.