Adaptive and Agile?
by Ann Meacham
Faster delivery and more rapid deployment of solutions. Promoting innovation and growth. This is wonderful news for using a creative energetic process that permits out of the box thinking while increasing customer satisfaction.
New (or enhanced) product or service implementation occurs much faster than ever before. A new mindset, new processes, new tools, and of course skilled resources are required.
As technocrats we develop a solution or enhancement, create a plan and set the wheels rolling for implementing the change. Too often we believe we can circumvent the “people” development side of the equation. We play down the importance of involving and engaging the teams in the decision making, planning and execution.
Our resources are the crux of the matter. We must continue to understand how people work, think, act and react, and we need to understand that the basic foundation of any team is trust. The faster you build it, the better it is for obtaining results!
How to be adaptive and agile
- Emphasize and value teamwork
- Encourage continuous improvement
- Model strong core values and embed them in your culture. Such as: respect, focus, courage, openness, and quality.
- Know your team members!
- Foster trust within the team.
- Share information openly and discuss problems and concerns
When team members understand one another, they know the gifts or “Magic Dust” of each team member, and honor, support, and leverage them. Self-awareness and an awareness of what others are passionate about will inspire and release more occurrences of innovation and growth that will transcend your current business state.
Trust within teams fosters collaboration. Obstacles will be addressed and removed, and if the issue is out of their “scope” of responsibility, they will work with other teams that do have the authority to take action.
Communication is always key. Everyone must have, and must share information, so that decision making is effective, that problems and concerns are openly discussed, and that solutions are timely (immediate!).
Be adaptive and agile and let your courage allow you to take on greater challenges!
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