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MAY 2015

A New Wave of Change is Coming!
By Tom O'Shea, CMC, Organizational Agility Practice Leader

I believe 2015 will mark a new inflection point in the acceleration of business change and will be the kickoff to another stage in the evolution of work.  The next five years will be like the downslope of the roller coaster ride of change - feeling the blast of speed distorting our faces and taking our breath away ... so strap yourself in because the ride will not be optional.  The slope between 2015 and 2020 will be steeper and faster than ever before.  All aboard!
We have now reached a saturation point of fact based evidence about the AGILE IMPERATIVE (aka the need for corporate nimbleness and adaptability) from so many credible sources (McKinsey, i4cp, Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, PwC, Conference Board, Center for Creative Leadership, Center for Excellence in Organizations, etc.) and it is so thick now that even the most reluctant decision-makers must see the tipping point of congruence is in the works.  It has now gone beyond the need for building the case for WHY organizations must become nimble and adaptable to the point where the reality of the disruptive nature of some of these forces of change (i.e. digitization, mobility, boomer knowledge exits and globalization to name just a few) is getting clearer and beginning to sink in for many if not most senior executives today. 

Waterfall-Teamwork vs Agile-Teamwork - Part 2

By Mike Richardson, Team Agility Practice Leader


In part 1 of this article last month (Part 1) we looked at how the future of agile-teamwork is already here, in the field of agile-software-development. Yet many leaders, teams and organizations are still stuck in waterfall-teamwork. Waterfall is a term often used in traditional software development methodology and refers to the trickle down, stepwise and linear approach to project management.   Over the past ten years, the notion of AGILE project management has been transforming the way stuff gets done better and faster in a non-linear and iterative methodology. "Waterfall" vs "Agile" contrasts two fundamentally different modes of teamwork and part 2 of this article will help you understand the difference.


Agility, John Wayne and a Lovable Fish

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



"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

- Nelson Mandela

While preparing for and enduring a year serving in Afghanistan, it became clear to me that agility is a fundamental aspect of personal, inner strength that's necessary for thriving in adverse circumstances. It's also a concept that has some close cousins, ones that many people are using somewhat interchangeably.


That can get confusing. And Agility Analytics seeks to destroy confusion whenever possible.


Drawing upon what social science (and John Wayne and a Disney character) can tell us, here's some clarification. Specifically, here's a crash course in the concept of agility as it relates to grit, hardiness, adaptability and resilience.

Agility Affiliate Network: Marilyn Buckner 

Dr. Buckner is the founder and CEO of National Training Systems (NTS) specializing in leadership development and talent management.  As an Agility Consulting Affiliate for over a decade, Dr. Buckner has been an invaluable business partner with special expertise in individual assessments.  She has served as the lead on projects with Coca-Cola, Nationwide and Siemens where she subcontracted work with the Principals of Agility Consulting.  In other instances, Marilyn worked with Nick and Tom to develop comprehensive Talent Management proposals for companies such as BE Aerospace and Illumina.  
Marilyn serves as a coach for leaders and managers in such companies as Siemens, Disney, Lockheed, Delta Airlines, Darden and DexMedia. Her unique focus is providing customized coaching and talent management materials and services that leaders can apply directly to improve their operations in areas of strategic planning, process improvement, leadership skills and coaching others for high performance. Marilyn has her Ph.D. in Counseling and Management from Georgia State University. She is active in the professional association, Human Resource People & Strategy, where she was a former national Chairperson and continues to be an active member by facilitating Talent Management Seminars sponsored by HRPS.  
Some of the Companies who have utilized NTS Services include: AT&T, Bank of America, BellSouth, Campbell Soup, Chase, The Coca-Cola Company, CNN, Cox, Delta, Disney, Equifax, GE Capital, Herbalife, Hertz, Home Depot, IBM, Lockheed, LOMA, Lucent Technologies, Marriott, Nationwide Insurance, National Data Corporation, Nortel, Ohmeda/Baxter, Quaker Oats, Sara Lee, and Siemens. 


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