What are Your Agility Super Powers?

 Flying Faster than a Speeding Bullet … Jumping Higher than the Tallest Building? 

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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 …

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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.

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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.

Vision 20/20

Vision 20/20

This Thursday, I will be the opening speaker for the final day of the Canadian Electro-Federation 2016 Conference entitled VISION 20/20 in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. EFC represents over 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical and electronics products in Canada and I will be helping the participants at their Conference become better prepared to face the on-going challenges and dynamics of competing in this VUCA world. I will strive to help them see the value and understand the roadmap for making AGILITY their competitive advantage. I am sure that VISION 20/20 has a double meaning …

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Anticipating Change in 2016

Anticipating Change in 2016

We all now recognize that the only certainty is uncertainty and the prospect for even more change will surely define 2016.  There are highly visible forces of change like the presidential election drama, growing tensions with Russia in the Middle East maelstrom and the on-going global anxiety around terrorism of every variety.  There are also a multitude of positive forces of change propelling innovation, productivity and new possibilities in healthcare, technology, agribusiness, sustainability and more.  This constant churn of heightened risk and continuous possibilities can contribute to organizational hysteria or present the potential for competitive advantage for those leaders and organizations committed to building superior capacity to ANTICIPATE CHANGE.

Make no mistake, change is 

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Using the Premortem to Drive HR Agility

Using the Premortem to Drive HR Agility

When the unexpected strikes, our brains often start working like we’re being chased by a wild animal. Levels of hormones—specifically, adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol—increase, resulting in a range of reactions including increased heartrate, elevated blood pressure and tunnel-vision like focus on the threat. 

This is great if you actually are being chased by a lion. The threat is singular, and your immediate actions are likely singular as well (for example, run fast to shelter). 

But it’s not so great if you’re facing a complex problem in your organization. 

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