How to Develop Organizational Agility

, | June 27, 2023 | By

Them: “Change.”
You: “Ew, why?”

Humans generally don’t like change, but it’s how we grow. Collectively, it can be very good for your organization. When you know how to continually adjust and respond to uncertainty with flexibility, you’re golden.

That’s where Agility comes in. Organizational Agility enhances performance across your organization, changing key pieces such as culture, structure, policies, and metrics for the better.

Curious how Agility might help your organization? Read on to learn how to develop your business’ organizational Agility.

Key Adaptations to Implement Organizational Agility

Agility enables you to adapt to both intentional and surprising changes, but it’s also a fundamental shift in your operations. It means becoming more of a team-based culture, rather than leading from the top. So it’s important to prepare for several key changes.

People Management

The cornerstone of organizational Agility is collaboration. When you shift the way your organization approaches people management and encourage cross-functional collaboration, it’s easier to break down silos and bring teams together toward common goals. Plus, as a bonus, you can refocus your own efforts on managing professional development for your staff and turning the work over to qualified employees you trust!

Agile leaders disassemble to create. That is to say, they eliminate what isn’t working and rethink to become more effective, creating new teams that share ideas and grow talent. Along the way, their efforts help eliminate conflicting priorities and facilitate decision-making by delegating to the right people at the right times.

Procedural Change

You can’t stand still and expect to grow. Organizations that can shift to an Agile mindset—and associated ways of operating—can more readily earn market share, rapidly enter new markets, and nimbly exit ones that contract. By making a change now, your organization has the potential to:

  • Capture new operational efficiencies in profitable markets.

  • Implement change management to improve accountability and success.

Open Mind

Stubbornness won’t get you very far. Instead, organizations with a growth and learning mindset must be willing to experiment and learn from failure. Becoming Agile is an iterative process that takes work to find what suits your organization.

Organizations that see this through eventually find it easier to collaborate, seek feedback, and take risks. They succeed in providing coaching and training to develop their workforce—fostering a culture where employees at all levels take accountability for errors and successes alike.

How Digital Technology and Organizational Agility Go Together

Technology is driving the modern economy, compelling the need for organizational Agility. Even if you’re not a tech company, there are always new opportunities to grow with technology by your side. With this in mind, organizations need several things to stay Agile:

Modern IT Systems

Remember Windows Vista? It’s pretty dated now and stands little chance of helping your team or its customers. But implementing the latest tools and systems helps your organization keep up with the dynamic economy and real-time events.

Take steps to provide user-friendly tech tools. Whether it includes a better-functioning website, a new mobile app, or something else, technology helps both your internal teams and external customers and stakeholders get what they need.

Tech Skills

Once you adopt new tools and technologies, make it work for you and build appropriate skills surrounding it—from how to use that new app to leveraging the internal tech stack. Instead of struggling and resisting change, adapt to thrive in a digital economy.  

Effective Processes

Of course, it’s vital to figure out what works and stick to it—while still leaving room for further discovery. Part of Agility is a balancing act between refining repeatable processes and making changes depending upon the impediments and opportunities you discover.

For your teams, this includes implementing digital tools to help with things such as software onboarding, training employees, and creating digital literacy.

Propel Your Organizational Agility with Project Brilliant

Change is hard, but your response to it can be thoughtful and intentional. By honing in on people management, keeping an open mind, and even aligning your approach to technology, you can thrive.

Improve your organizational Agility with help from Project Brilliant! Our qualified consultants deliver actionable advice and frameworks for elevating your organization, training programs to help you and your teams become proficient, and deliver a host of long-term benefits, including:

  • Improved decision-making

  • Greater collaboration

  • Better employee performance and satisfaction

  • And more

Schedule a meeting now to discuss your needs and how our team can help yours.

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