Increasing Business Agility by Exploring Immunity to Change

“In a recent Forbes Insight/PMI Survey, 92 percent of respondents said that organization agility is critical to business success, yet only 27 percent regarded themselves as highly agile.”

Does an organization have to be new or operating in startup mode to experience business agility? Increasing agility can be challenging if your company has a long history working hierarchically with most leaders focused on controlling and managing their fiefdoms. Companies like these self-sabotage through reinforcing behaviors and cultural norms that negatively impact agility.

The challenge is not a technical one; it’s not a problem we can solve by working or trying harder. When we struggle to change, the challenge is typically an adaptive one where we need to change both what we do and how we think. You cannot use technical means to reach adaptive ends. Adaptive problems require us to challenge:

  • deeply held beliefs
  • values that made us successful which have become less relevant
  • emerging competing perspectives

Adaptive challenges move us outside comfort zones and trigger protective and defensive responses due to fear, uncertainty and doubt. How do we move beyond this? We will explore techniques you can use in this interactive workshop designed to help you identify what’s holding you back and plan for greater agility.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between technical and adaptive change
  • Drill into examples and explore why desired change towards business agility may not occur for individuals and teams
  • Learn about the Immunity to Change Model
  • ¬†Analyze what is inhibiting agility and build a plan to move past it for yourself and your teams