2016 is an Olympic year. This summer, the best of the world’s athletes will show us what dedication and training can really produce – chief among them: skill, strength, and speed. These are the very same characteristics needed for business agility. Training leads to skill and strength, which allows for stability in what you do. Combine this with speed and you have agility.

Part of what makes agile companies special is their ability to balance fast action and rapid change, on the one hand, with organizational clarity, stability, and structure, on the other.” – Why Agility Pays, McKinsey & Company

We can look at the three stages of organizational agility development much in the same way an athlete trains to get to the Olympic level.

  • 1. They need a solid strategic foundation, clear goals to build their achievement. Imagine athletes who need every part of their body to work in concert to produce a desired outcome.
  • 2. Each muscle, the nervous system and all organs, just like parts of an organization, need to have their strength, or organizational abilities, developed.
  • 3. Finally, athletes, no matter how talented, would not get far without the proper systems and tools. This means the right coach with the right training plan, and the right equipment to execute the plan.

[Companies] must consciously build in extra organizational slack […] to rapidly deploy resources against opportunities that may or may not pay off, without jeopardizing day-to-day operations.”  The Agility Factor

With dedication and the proper strategy execution, any company can be as agile as elite athletes. We explore how and list the practical steps that any organization can take to develop business agility in our new eBook “Strategic Initiatives: The Agility Blueprint”.

Check it out and let us know what you think.


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