Growing Adaptive Organizations
I know quite well from my experience with clients (working with tech teams, design teams, program and project managers, executives, HR, finance) that there are many challenges that an organization has to face to become an adaptive/Agile organization — and many pitfalls as well.
Among the challenges (learning new skills and practices, descaling processes, decentralizing decision making and accepting inherent uncertainty, just to name a few) one that is often overlooked is how to change the perception of the organization itself, so that it can become a 21st-century, adaptive organization.
In fact, while “traditional” organizations revolved mainly around production — and were therefore perceived through that set of lenses — adaptive organizations include continuous organizational learning and high-efficiency collaboration as part of their operational DNA and of their long-term sustainability and success.
Therefore, one critical question is: how can we help people shifting their perception of “what needs to be done” considering three different but interrelated dimensions? And what are the practical implications of this?
In this session I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned while helping companies to rethink themselves. I’m not going to provide recipes or instructions (I don’t believe those can be replicated in a different context).
Rather, I’d like to suggest a change in language that may help people become more aware of what is preventing them from change, by reducing the level of “obfuscation” of what’s going on.
I’d also like to provide food for thought that might, hopefully, help executives, managers and leaders move in the direction of agility with a clearer sense of direction and with more realistic expectations.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
- what is an adaptive organization
- data-driven organizations tend to forget about the human factor
- things that traditional organizations tend to "obfuscate"
- bringing clarity in organizational cultural change
- learn to observe what is preventing your organization from evolving
- create organizations that operate as machines AND as living organisms
- expand your perception of value to include learning and real collaboration on top of production
Agile leaders, agile coaches, managers