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Mission Critical: Capturing Emerging Customer Needs

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 11, 2019 1:52:14 PM

It is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an agile and adaptive response from businesses so that they can survive. While many companies seek to use these technologies to understand customers and create evermore elaborate marketing strategies, applying the technologies to redesign organisations and the world of work are less understood. Most companies simply design the people roles to serve the technologies and then the technology becomes the master.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, business agility, Agile

Mistakes can be a Marvellous Source of Innovation in a Professionally Safe Workplace

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 23, 2019 1:16:39 PM

Blame is an interesting area of psychology, a legally authorised social mechanism, and a fairly baffling human quirk. Philosophers and theorists have competing ideas about what constitutes blame and its underpinning mechanisms. However, the philosopher Tognazzini (2014) says that blame “is a negative evaluative judgement that implies responsibility.” This is a good generalisation of what blame involves, and the keyword here is negative.

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Topics: Change Leadership, Work Climate, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Psychologically Safe Workplace

Business Agility and Adaptability: The Real Deal or Cargo Cult

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 13, 2019 11:35:00 AM

A brief introduction to the article: Many Agile and Lean practitioners who have been in the business for some time learn to differentiate between transformation efforts that are real and deep-rooted and those that are sincere yet superficial. Often practitioners will say amongst themselves that a transformation is the real deal or a cargo cult, and this article aims to expand upon the origins of the term cargo cult and why there are cautionary lessons for all of us involved in and advocate Business Agility and Adaptability.  

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

Standing on a Mountain of Diamonds: Removing Waste for Maximum Rewards

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 9, 2019 3:02:27 PM

If you are a change leader -- C-suite executive or middle manager, embarking on a change program, getting the foundations right is critical.  This will determine the success or failure of your transformation.  Read Waste Management from our eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success or download it in its entirety here.


Waste Management

Where does all the rubbish go?

You will be familiar with the word “landfill” but have you ever actually seen one? Where exactly are these places? They never appear in that “points of interest” list on a satnav and they are never signposted off the motorway. The reason for that, of course, is obvious. It is why the dumpsters are hidden around the back of your favourite restaurant. Nobody wants to think about them, let alone see them.

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Topics: Change Leadership, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility

Business Agility: Adaptability is the Primary Business Behaviour

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 14, 2019 4:03:46 PM

It is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an adaptive response from businesses in order to survive. It is quite another thing to recognise what an adaptive organisation looks like in practice. 

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Topics: IT Business, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

What is your organisation's change personality? Commanding, Adapting, Firefighting, or Emerging

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 30, 2019 12:05:53 PM

The CAFÉ Change Planner Workshop is a one-day introductory session for 5-10 people, is aimed at C-Suite, middle managers, and change leaders and is a great starting point for your journey to Adaptability and Agility.

The hands-on, minds-on workshop is great for Agile practitioners and business leaders exploring routes to change. It offers some practical ways to understand your current organisation’s “change” personality and examines new forms and methods of change that are crucial for Business Adaptability and Agility.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Courses

Agile Tools Session: CAFÉ Change Planner with Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 29, 2019 4:23:45 PM

This hands-on, minds-on Agile Tools Session at the Agile Business Conference on Thursday, the 26th of September, is great for Agile practitioners and business leaders exploring routes to change. It offers some practical ways to understand your current organisation’s “change” personality and examines new forms and methods of change that are crucial for Business Agility and Adaptability.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Agile Business Conference

Excerpt from "Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success" ebook

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 25, 2019 12:45:11 PM

If you laid all the concrete-reinforcing steel bars used in the construction of the Burj Khalifa end-to-end, they would stretch from Rome to Los Angeles. The world's tallest building and pride of Dubai is a spectacular architectural feat, comprising 160 stories of retail stores, hotels and private residences rising half a mile into the sky. It has more floors than any other building; the longest travelling elevator; the highest outdoor observation deck and is the tallest, freestanding structure in the world.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, business agility, Agile

From Introduction to Adaptive Business Practices

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 18, 2019 3:02:35 PM
The great American songwriter Bob Dylan is no business analyst, but his iconic song The Times They Are A-Changin’ has something very pertinent to say about the economy we live in.
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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

An Accenture Interview with Stephen Parry: Transforming an Already Overburdened Organisation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 2:10:34 PM

In this podcast, as part of the Inspiring Conversations in the Business Agility Series, Stephen discusses
how during business transformations leaders often lose sight of the strategy, organisational structures, and requirements for technology.

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Topics: Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Vienna 2019, Business Agility Podcast

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