What’s Driving Agility Today?

What’s Driving Agility Today?

As the world (and business world) continues to change rapidly, organizations need to become more agile and responsive to their environment. In this episode, David and Justin discuss the major factors leading organizations toward agility. Here are the notes from the show:

  • According to Gallup, only 13% of employees are actively engaged in their job
  • Purpose is incredibly important, and often lacking at most firms
  • Marty Neumeier in Metaskills says this:

You can put your hat on first or you can put your boots on first. But before that, you have to decide you’re a cowboy.”

  • We define “agility” as heading consistently in a specific direction, but being willing to adapt and course correct as conditions demand and the environment changes.
  • The four forces behind the transition to agility include:
    • Delighting the customer (customer centricity)
    • Descaling work
    • Enterprise-wide mindset
    • Nurturing culture
  • What is obvious about all of these forces is they require complex adaptive organizations that are best represented by agile human bodies reflecting their characteristics.
  • We love the way Paul puts it in Ephesians talking about growth in the body:

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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