March 2012

On March 8th, I was invited by Dr. Lee Dyer at Cornell University to deliver a brief presentation and respond to a number of questions regarding Agility.  Lee and I have been sharing thoughts and ideas about Agility since 2005.  Dr. Lee Dyer is professor of Human Resource Management and Chair of the Department of Human Resource Studies at the ILR School, Cornell University. He holds BBA, MBA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests focus on organizational agility and complexity and human resource strategy. He has consulted and lectured on these and related topics world-wide. He has published several dozen journal articles and book chapters and over a dozen books and monographs.


Lee provided me with a number of questions to consider for the presentation and Q&A session.  I've chosen one of the questions and an associated response to share with you.


Question One perspective is that agile organizations need to leverage their front line people because they are the ones who have first-hand knowledge of possible opportunities and threats in the environment. These people aren't necessarily leaders, but it seems that they can play a strategic role in helping organizations adapt faster. Can the Agile Model be applied to these individuals? 


CLICK HERE to see how we responded to the question.

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