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AGILITY ACROSS AN INSTITUTIONALISED WORKPLACE

Rapid and accelerating developments in technology, customer preferences, and employee expectations are transforming all aspects of our lives. To survive and thrive, companies must, in turn, transform how they operate. Becoming an agile organization allows a company to increase the speed of execution, better respond and adapt to customer needs, increase productivity, and engage and empower employees. Ultimately, an agile organization can deliver higher returns to shareholders.

Historically, big beats small with size providing a significant competitive advantage. Now, fast and adaptive beats slow and steadfast. New technologies, evolving customer preferences and changing employee expectations are fundamentally challenging established ways of working in more and more sectors. It’s time to move beyond a rigid hierarchy, siloed business units, crippling bureaucracy and an increasingly unwieldy matrix. Agile organizations combine the efficiencies of scale with the speed, flexibility and resilience to compete and win in today’s world. Companies are ever-increasingly asking:

  • Why does our organization struggle to move quickly and what can we do about it?
  • How do we empower our people to take more accountability for performance and truly embed customer-centricity?
  • How do we organize for both sides of the productivity equation—cost and innovation-driven growth?

A new way of working: Embarking on an agile transformation is a major undertaking, but the benefits are great. Agile organizations move faster, are more adaptable, and foster ownership mind-sets, resulting in greater productivity and reduced cost.

Applicable organisation-wide: We believe the principles of agility can be applied across the whole organization, beyond just the IT department. An agile transformation looks throughout the organization to find specific areas where an agile operating model can unlock value. For example, agility in innovation/new-product development can help a company quickly move from idea to prototype in a fraction of the time it takes today.

Stability + Dynamism: Agile organizations combine stability with dynamism. Stable elements provide direction and an efficient and scalable backbone. A network of dynamic teams then radically increases speed, flexibility, and ownership. The stable and dynamic elements reinforce one another, and both are essential for a truly agile organization.

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