Jack Welch knew all too well the importance of organizational Agility when he made this simple, but powerful statement: “When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight”. For organizations seeking to stay ahead of the curve, having resilience and agility to not only anticipate change, but also respond quickly and appropriately, is essential for success. The application of The Agile Model® results in the capability of an individual, team or organization to be focused, fast and flexible. It is about having the capability to learn quickly and leverage a flexible mindset in response to shifting dynamics, adversity and change. It’s about challenging the status quo and winning.
The Agile® Model
The Agile Model® serves as the framework for a series of practical tools and processes designed to help decision makers and the organizations they lead build dynamic capabilities to sense and respond more efficiently, ultimately becoming more focused, fast and flexible. It has everything to do with identifying and targeting a strategic imperative while having the agility necessary to move faster and be more flexible in adapting to the ever-changing times.
What is VUCA and Why is it Relevant to Leadership Agility
Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. These are words that describe the environment we live and work in and exactly what we mean when we say a “turbulent and ever-changing VUCA world”. From an organizational perspective, leaders, teams and entire enterprises need to be able to effectively manage in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment – and agility is the key. In fact, agility is essentially a prerequisite for staying in business. The turbulence or uncertainty that you are currently facing, or will undoubtedly face in the future, will only be injurious if you are unprepared and lack resilience.
The ability to learn quickly and leverage a flexible mindset in response to shifting dynamics, adversity and/or change is strategic agility. Outstanding leaders who continually push themselves, their teams, and their business to learn, generate new ideas and take the required risks will stay ahead of the curve. Challenging the status quo is no longer an option reserved for risk takers, but a necessary part of positioning your organization favorably in the marketplace.