What does it take to build an agile organisation?
Turbulence is here and is here to stay. Any attempt to ignore it will be futile. The way forward is to embrace the opportunities in turbulent environments and build an agile organisation. In this short viewpoint, we outline the nature of turbulence, what it takes to become an agile organisation and how to get started.
Strategy as a driver of real change and effect
The world has become more dynamic, complex, and globally connected, and organisations are becoming more and more knowledge-intensive. This makes strategic capability a key driver of long-term performance and value creation.
Problems can be complicated – solutions cannot
We are only capable of processing a small fraction of the information we are constantly bombarded with.
The art of implementing real change
When a butterfly flaps its wings in London, the ultimate consequence may be that it triggers a hurricane in the Caribbean months later. This was one of the more spectacular conclusions that followed in the wake of the discovery that complex non-linear systems, such as the earth’s atmosphere, are extremely sensitive to the slightest change in the system’s initial conditions.
Exploiting new opportunities for growth requires deep customer insights and a fresh look at the components of your business model. Tweaking existing products and services will merely bring you incremental returns, while winning growth strategies are powered by the will to rethink business models.
By aligning your company’s organisational design with its strategic intent, your management team will be better equipped to achieve targets and help push the company forward to meet new challenges.
Strategy is not complex. The best strategies are simple because of their insightful and clearly articulated choices about the future. But making choices and executing the strategy is hard.