Strategy and transformation

From Fragile to Agile

How do we create adaptable organisations that master real change?

Get inspired by Gary Hamel, Herminia Ibarra and Jim Hagemann Snabe at Implement Thought Leaders 2017.

  • September 2017 8
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    Free of charge for friends of Implement
    DR Koncerthuset Ørestads Blv. 13 2300 Cph. S

50 years of research consistently tells us that 33% of all change initiatives are successful. Add to this a recent survey showing that, on a global scale, only 14% of all employees are fully emotionally engaged in their work. Regardless of cause and effect, this suggests that there is something about the way we drive change that does not deliver the results we dream of at the speed we need them.

We have to change faster than change itself

In a highly dynamic and increasingly globalised and digital world, the only real path towards creating a sustainable advantage is to develop a capacity to change as fast as, or even faster than, change itself; to change and adapt before a crisis breaks. To quote one of our keynote speakers, Gary Hamel: “A turnaround is a poor substitute for timely transformation”. The real leadership challenge is therefore to create an agile and adaptable organisation that is ready for the future and, not least, fit for humans.

At this year’s event, we will discuss which parts of today’s management and leadership practices that must change in order to create organisations that are more adaptable. We will challenge our fundamental assumptions and mind patterns about engagement, management and control with the clear purpose to rethink them and drive the agility agenda – for real.

A turnaround is merely a poor substitute for timely transformation

Gary Hamel

The best performing organisations today focus on human capabilities

Historically, management as a discipline, and leadership too for that matter, has been built around the principles of standardisation, specialisation, conformance, predictability and the use of intrinsic rewards. Although this has been a highly successful formula through the entire 20th century, it has already for some time been clear that the best performing organisations today are those that focus on the human capabilities like initiative, imagination, passion and self-direction. These capabilities cannot be commanded. They have to be evoked, and that is why the control-oriented, hierarchical management practices that predominate in most organisations must give way to new management models that emphasise freedom, community and purpose – without it being at the expense of reliability.

There is no clear answer to all questions when we embark on this journey. We are all breaking new ground, and most organisations will have to experiment with new management and leadership practices and learn as they go. Implement Thought Leaders 2017 is exactly about that. It is about experimenting and prototyping in collaboration with us and the three most prominent thinkers in this field – Gary Hamel, Herminia Ibarra and Jim Hagemann Snabe.

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  • Programme

    08:00 Light breakfast

    08:30 The case for agility

    08:50 The adaptable organisation – The problems we need to tackle

    09:30 Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader – How do you redefine your job in order to adjust to changing needs?

    10:10 Break

    10:40 Dreams and details – How to reinvent management to drive entrepreneurship and innovation

    Mini keynote discussion: How can we challenge our fixed way of thinking?

    Mini keynote discussion: What has to change about the way we manage change?

    11:15 Panel discussion: Prototyping principles for “creating the agile organisation”

    12:00 Wrap-up

    12:15 Refreshments and networking

  • Practical information

    Friday 8 September 2017, 08:30 – 12:15 (breakfast from 08:00)

    DR Koncerthuset
    Ørestads Boulevard 13
    2300 Copenhagen S

    Free of charge for friends of Implement

    If you have any questions about the event, please contact: Kenneth Pedersen (, +45 4138 0017).

  • Gary Hamel

    Noted business thinker and strategist Gary Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for nearly thirty years. He is the founder of the California-based think tank The Management Lab.

    His most recent initiative is The Management Innovation eXchange, a pioneering effort aimed at reinventing management by harnessing the power of open innovation. He is the author of several books and numerous articles for the Harvard Business Review as well as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and the Financial Times.

    He consults widely and has led change initiatives in some of the world’s most prominent companies.

  • Herminia Ibarra

    Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School and the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD, she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years.

    She is an expert on leadership development. Thinkers 50 ranked Ibarra #8 among the most influential management thinkers in the world, and her most recent book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader explains how to step up to a bigger leadership role.

  • Jim Hagemann Snabe

    Former Co-CEO of SAP AG. Board member of Siemens AG, Allianz SE, SAP SE, A.P. Moller - Maersk and Bang & Olufsen A/S and the World Economic Forum.

    Jim Snabe has particular experience in the subjects of innovation, globalisation, digitisation, management and sustainable business success and has strong views on the need for change in the management agenda of major organisations.