January 2013 

Leadership Agility: The Johnny Football Way!

By Tom O'Shea, CMC, Principal, Agility Consulting


Whether you follow American college football or not, there is a chance you might have heard about the latest sports phenom named Johnny Manziel - the freshman quarterback at Texas A&M University who won the coveted Heismann Trophy and put on a dazzling display in the 2013 Cotton Bowl against powerhouse Oklahoma University! 


He has been affectionately dubbed "Johnny Football" because he embodies special qualities of speed, uncanny capacity to sense and respond better and faster than others around him along with a special creative inventiveness to develop game winning solutions even under very adverse circumstances ... like when they beat Alabama - then #1 team in the nation. In addition to his extraordinary individual skills and abilities, Johnny Manziel also embodies the leadership character and drive to generate confidence bringing the best out in all of his teammates and even his coaches!


Watching Johnny Manziel perform recently brought to mind the kind of creative leadership agility we strive to grow and develop with our client organizations.  It is very clear that the context for leadership is getting more and more challenging as the VUCA nature (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) of our world increases with greater pace.  


There are some valuable insights captured in the 2010 IBM Global CEO Study involving interviews with 1500 global CEO's and subtitled Capitalizing on Complexity - IBM Study which highlight the burgeoning complexity transfixing many organizations and paralyzing many leaders. 



Organizational Agility Process Audit™
By Nick Horney, Ph.D, Principal, Agility Consulting


We are introducing the Organizational Agility Process Audit™

which provides a comprehensive approach to identifying the agility of an organization's core business processes.  It complements and provides a more comprehensive agility audit when combined with our current Organizational Agility Audit™ which has been used by a significant number of companies during the past decade to capture organizational agility baselines and plans for agility implementation. 


Agile Model The Organizational Agility Process Audit™ combines the best practices of the Baldrige Performance Excellence process, used by many organizations over the past 25 years as the premier framework for performance excellence, with the key elements of The Agile Model®.  



If you would like to learn more about the Organizational Agility Process Audit™ please read more about the process and reach out to nickhorney@agilityconsulting.com or contact at +1-336-286-7250.

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Nick Horney,  Ph.D., Principal




Tom O'Shea, CMC, Principal




Agility Consulting & Training, LLC


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