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The Business Agility Conference in Vienna, the 20th and 21st of May, is fast-approaching. It will bring together seasoned practitioners of Business Agility who will share their knowledge of transforming businesses. My presentation, 'From Make-and-Sell to Sense-and-Respond: Shaping the Business and Work-Climate towards Agility, Adaptiveness and Differentiation,' will be given on Tuesday, the 21st of May, at noon. Please join me for the talk and come along to the Speakers' Corner if you would like to have a deeper discussion about the topic.
When I was writing this blog, one of my favourite songs from the 90s, and even still, came up on my playlist – The Future of the Future by Deep Dish, featuring Everything but the Girl. I am not sure if the lyrics
about unrequited love have much to do with rapidly changing technology and keeping pace with it, but they made me think even harder about the disruptive times we live in and how organisations can cope.
A few years back, when we were working with a UK police force and their ICT Operations Manager, Rupert Coles, on a transformation project, we put some of the IT team in police cruisers with officers for ride-a-longs. In one instance, an IT person was able to witness first hand how a communications failure turned a minor neighbourhood incident into a major tie-up of police resources.
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.
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.
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.
It used to be that management skills were passed along from superiors, well aware of how an organization worked based on established institutional knowledge. The formula was simple: Take past management strategies, tweak and adjust for current realities and then manage. It’s an approach that was packaged, taught and executed with ease.