The Agility Series: Organizational Agility + Leadership Agility

Larry Cooper recently launched The Agility Series which covers nine areas of agility:

  • Organizational Agility
  • Leadership Agility
  • Cultural Agility
  • Strategic Agility
  • Value Agility
  • Delivery Agility
  • Business Agility
  • Client/Customer Agility
  • Learning Agility

Each area of agility is being tackled in separate books whose ideas and contents are being crowd sourced. Larry worked with the dynamic team at (a local Ottawa company) using their on-line tool to ask powerful questions, gather ideas and then to converge the ideas into 4-5 phrases for each question which the contributors then prioritized. The books provide insights into the ideas offered and the prioritizations of the group.

For the first book on Organizational Agility Larry approached a group of senior leaders he knew from a broad spectrum of industries, sectors and countries to participate in a Wisdom Council to answer a series of questions. He then created a LinkedIn group for the Series and expanded the scope of contributors for the next book on Leadership Agility (over 70 contributors) and hopes to keep expanding the number of contributors for each subsequent book.

In the session Larry and Jen Hunter from GreatWork will share the insights they gathered on Organizational Agility and Leadership Agility. Organizational Agility focused on six topic areas:

  • The primary waste in traditionally run organizations
  • The greatest challenge facing organizations that want to become more agile
  • The values that all agile organizations would exhibit 
  • The principles that are the most important for an agile organization to focus on
  • The primary trait or characteristic of an agile organization
  • How they would describe organizational agility to a colleague

Leadership Agility focused on five main topic areas:

  1. The key obstacles traditional leaders will need to overcome in the 21st century
  2. The key differences between leadership and management
  3. The key behaviors that are exhibited by agile leaders
  4. The core values that an agile leader demonstrates
  5. The phrases that would that best describe an agile leader

The contributors  to Leadership Agility were also asked to offer their own powerful questions that we could ask of them. We chose 4 additional questions to ask of the group and Larrywill share the those results as well.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Overview of The Agility Series

Overview of the process used to gather ideas from the council

Walkthrough of the ideas gathered to each question on Organizational Agility and on Leadership Agility

What's next for the Agility Series?

Call to action for attendees to become contributors to the remaining books!

Learning Outcome

Insights into organizational and leadership agility - where we are coming from to where are heading.

Target Audience


schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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