Business Agility - Being the Bigger Dog in a Dog Eat Dog World (Even for a Chihuahua!)

Business is tough. If your market is any good, other companies want your revenue and market share. A lot comes your way that's beyond your control, so how do you stay competitive in a dog eat dog world? You strive for Business Agility.

Business Agility is about being able to sense, create and respond to change, quickly and confidently. Every organization has the bravado to think they do, but few actually can. Think about these local companies who are:

  • At the top end of the market being threatened by a newer, faster rival.
  • Experiencing a market shift threatening half their revenue.
  • Subject to whims of powerful regulation. 
  • New in an emerging market and need to stay ahead of the major players. 

Major change can come from all angles, whether from competitors, regulators or market shifts. Companies need to be able to execute not just at the execution level, not just as the portfolio level, but at the business level, so they can handle the change or better yet, BE the change.

Business Agility isn't about how big you are, it's about survival of the fittest. Whether you are a small business or a publicly traded company, be the bigger dog.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

What is Business Agility and why do you care?

How does it layer on top of Execution Agility, and Portfolio Agility?

What are the pieces that need to be in place to have Business Agility?

What tangible steps can I take to have Business Agility for myself?

Learning Outcome

Understand the What, Why and How of Business Agility so your business can be faster, nimbler and more Agile as you adapt to market conditions that are changing faster and faster.

Target Audience

Executives, Senior Leaders and anyone who wants to see the ultimate end-goal of Agile

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