By Tom O’Shea, CMC
Flying Faster than a Speeding Bullet … Jumping Higher than the Tallest Building?
What are your “agility super powers”? Sometimes it seems like we need to find Superman and his amazing superpowers to help us overcome the challenges of our VUCA world as it becomes more volatile, more uncertain, more complex and more ambiguous every day.
From our on-going work with clients in a wide variety of industries and markets, we find our forward focused clients working hard at building their agility super powers but also building out clarity and unity with all of their stakeholders on core operating principles for shaping future success.
A few months ago, we worked with over a hundred leaders from a $2b Danish pharma company in helping them discover and develop the kind of “super powers” they needed to combat the VUCA they will face during the next few years. If you aren’t working hard at these things, you will find the forces of VUCA to be like Kryptonite and stealing your power and vitality very soon.
It is very enlightening when you create the opportunity for leaders to work together and discover the kind of transformation needed in their operating capabilities and the PIVOT they must make (and hold each other accountable) FROM their current operating style TO a new and improved (agile) operating style. We find the five drivers captured in THE AGILE MODEL® represent a powerful combination of super powers worth dedicating energy and resources to develop as capabilities within your leaders and teams …
These super powers involve the kind of superior capabilities that will help you build your agility advantage – as you keep focused on getting better and faster at what matters for your Vision.
In order to sustain and grow across the organization, there is also the need for an additional framework of critical operating principles to help educate and inform your actions. Outlined below are those we believe are important to consider. We find it even more powerful when leaders and teams use these as a starting point but then frame and describe them in those terms that mean the most to them.
These provide a good discussion framework for you and your teams to engage and explore.
Creating agility advantage in this VUCA world requires that we examine the right dynamics and capabilities … not always the same that we once would have evaluated. Using these super powers and operating principle frameworks will enable you and your teams to discover new insights and inflection points that will help you in becoming more FOCUSED, FAST & FLEXIBLE. Of course, our book will be a useful resource for your efforts as well.
Volatile, unpredictable, even erratic- these are the times we live in and exactly why Tom O’Shea is considered a trusted advisor and collaborator helping leaders, teams and organizations adapt and thrive by becoming more focused, fast and flexible in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world.
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