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The Key Challenges for Business Transformation and Change: Turn on the Lights!

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 8, 2018 11:31:51 AM

Originally published in CIO Magazine, my article's audience is C-Suite Executives, Change Leaders and Middle Managers and those interested in eliminating waste, creating value, and ultimately, creating a business with Agility and Adaptability.


Imagine yourself at a party where everyone is having great time. Suddenly someone turns on the lights, and everyone looks around. What do they see? One huge mess – which up till this point had not been visible. In terms of business transformation be it Lean, Agile or Adaptive, this ‘putting on of lights’ represents the key challenge. It is about letting all in the organisation see, in the clear light of day, the mess or waste that their company is continuing to create.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility, C-Suite Executives, Middle Managers, Change Leaders

Change Management: Create More Predictability & Control With Adaptive Practices

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 19, 2018 4:47:08 PM

Discussions with upper management about adaptability are often an awkward dance.

Senior management often fears a loss of control in an adaptive workplace. That’s understandable given their training. But it's also very wrongheaded..

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Topics: Adaptability, Climetrics, innovative culture, Change Leadership

Big Picture Collaboration: The Key to Business Agility and Adaptability

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 1, 2018 4:55:00 PM

In an era of unprecedented change, there is broad agreement that problem-solving, critical thinking and adaptability skills are more important to the IT industry than they have ever been. So why is it, if the great majority of job candidates can demonstrate these skills, that organisations are still relatively slow to adapt? The answer is one of scale.

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Topics: Adaptability, Work Climate, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility

Adaptive Business: What It Is & Why You Need It

Posted by Stephen Parry on May 30, 2017 6:41:03 AM

In recent months most conversations I’ve had with business leaders start with two questions about adaptive business: what is it and why do I need it?

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Topics: Adaptability, Climetrics, innovative culture, Change Leadership, Work Climate

Change Management requires Change Makers, not Champions

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 11, 2017 5:58:10 AM

It’s taken a while but larger organisations have finally come to realise they need to change to compete and survive in a marketplace filled with small, more nimble competitors.

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Topics: Adaptability, innovative culture, Change Leadership, Work Climate

Planview webinar to focus on Adaptive Enterprise

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 28, 2017 4:17:15 AM

Since I spoke at BusinessAgility2017 in New York last month, it’s become very clear to me there is a great deal of interest from upper management in my work in creating adaptive organisations.

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Topics: Adaptability, Climetrics, Climetrics, Seminar, sense and respond, Speaking Events, innovative culture, Change Leadership, listen and adapt, Work Climate

Adaptive Enterprise: Increasing productivity with continuous planning

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 24, 2017 4:11:31 AM

Since I gave a presentation at Business Agility 2017 in New York in February, there’s been a definite spike in interest for my work in making organisations adaptive.

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Topics: Adaptability, Climetrics, Climetrics, sense and respond, innovative culture, Change Leadership, listen and adapt, Work Climate

Adaptability: Don’t Implement – Grow!

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 17, 2017 5:43:32 PM

While at the Business Agility 2017 conference in New York recently, I met many wonderful people, all eager to engage on the issue of adaptability in organisations. The work I pioneered in my 2005 book Sense and Respond: The Journey To Customer Purpose has found its moment. Organisations know they have to change now and adaptability is their preferred method.

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Topics: Adaptability, sense and respond, Speaking Events, innovative culture, Change Leadership, Sense and Respond Book

BusinessAgile2017 Redux: Change or die

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 2, 2017 12:05:34 PM

Before last week’s talk at BusinessAgility2017 in New York City, I told some of my confidantes that I sensed something shifting in the change and transformation field.

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Topics: Adaptability, sense and respond, Speaking Events, innovative culture, Sense and Respond Book

Talking about Adaptive Design in New York

Posted by Stephen Parry on Feb 2, 2017 5:33:56 AM

On February 23rd, I’ll be in New York City engaging in one of my favourite professional activities: speaking with and to my colleagues in the change management world. It’s always interesting to hear the divergent, and sometimes conflicting, viewpoints around management theory and implementation.

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Topics: Adaptability, Speaking Events, innovative culture, Work Climate

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