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MARCH 2015

Understanding Your Key Agility Touchpoints:
Are You Making AGILE or FRAGILE Choices?

By Tom O'Shea, CMC, Organizational Agility Practice Lead

Everyone who is paying attention to what is going on in our world has by now bought into the notion that AGILITY MATTERS for organizations, teams and leaders.  There is no longer the heavy task of trying to break through the awareness gap or even the acceptance gap for agility.  We recognize a high degree of acceptance for the agility construct across the globe for the agility construct and in most all of the industries that we operate.  There is, however, still a lot of heavy lifting that lies ahead to bridge the gap between understanding the need to become more AGILE, at all levels, and living the real behaviors that are aligned with enacting the agility paradigm.  
As this widespread awareness on the importance of agility spreads, we are beginning to see a number of organizations putting much effort into better understanding the dimensions and dynamics of agility by engaging in self-examination with their stakeholders to analyze and evaluate their agility "health".  Some organizations recognize the long term nature of the journey and are actively addressing the key "Agility Touchpoints" that will make a real difference in their progress in becoming an agile enterprise.  Agility Touchpoints are those critical "moments of truth" that differentiate the AGILE choice from the FRAGILE choice of operating.  

Everyday Agile Teamwork 
By Mike Richardson, Team Agility Practice Lead 

Agility is an everyday proposition. Agile teams understand that. Organizational agility comes from the summation of agile teamwork, enterprise wide and enterprise deep, every day. There are no days off from the challenge of being AGILE:

  • Anticipate Change
  • Generate Confidence
  • Initiate Action
  • Liberate Thinking
  • Evaluate Results

I first discovered the secrets of agile teamwork when working as a Petroleum Engineer for Shell International working on offshore oil & gas drilling rigs. Helicopter out and back, week on and week off, and when you are on its 24/7.


How Agility Matters: A Preview of Evidence from 1,078 Leaders

By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Lead 


 At the heart of analytics is a philosophy-a mindset of curiosity based in the scientific method. That's why we're always trying to stay on the cutting edge of the research related to agility. And it's also why we're always interested in turning the magnifying glass on ourselves and analyzing our own instruments and methods.


One of our assessments, the Leadership Agility Profile(LAP), has enjoyed considerable use during the past decade or so. Based upon The Agile Model®, it's used to measure agility at the level of the individual leader. People use the LAP™ to learn more about their leadership agility as both a self-assessment and as a multi-rater ("360-degree") feedback instrument.


We recently took the opportunity to analyze LAP™ data from self-assessments taken by 1,078 leaders. These data go back to 2006, when we developed a workshop titled "Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth" for the American Management Association®. During the workshop, which also includes an in-depth exploration of The Agile Model® and how it relates to creating focused, fast and flexible leaders and organizations, participants review their LAP™ self-assessment results. The LAP™ measures all five drivers within The Agile Model® through a series of 75 items. We also include in this particular version of the assessment a handful of informative questions related to leadership agility and perceptions of the organization.

Agility Affiliate News
By Nick Horney, Ph.D., Leadership Agility Practice Lead

Our Agility Affiliates represent our products and services with their clients and often work with our clients on large engagements that require affiliates who are located globally.  Our affiliates have their own consulting practices that primarily focus on the following areas: 

  1. Executive Coaching
  2. Leadership and Team Development/Facilitation
  3. Organizational Development/Transformation
Examples of work with our Agility Affiliates include:
  • Brian Anderson, Performance Edge, Inc. (San Francisco, CA) -- Served as a facilitator for the Agility Consulting seminar called The Agility Advantage for an Oil & Gas Industry client in Houston; Served as a facilitator for multiple AMA seminars that Agility Consulting designed - Strategic Agility and Resilience; Co-presented with Dr. Horney at a Human Resource People & Strategy Annual Conference with clients from Apple and Aramark
  • Sofia Rufin, Luxor Group (Paris, France) - For multiple years, she has integrated LAP assessments into a graduate school program that she was teaching
  • Dr. Marilyn Buckner, National Training Systems, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) - Supported clients Marilyn had (e.g., Coca Cola, Nationwide Insurance and Siemens) through our coaching, high potential talent assessment & development, team development and Team LINKS

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