Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.
Are You Agile?
Business agility is all about a set of traits that makes your team or organization more adaptable or flexible when change happens, without compromising productivity or success. You may be wondering just how agile your organization is or how it stacks up against an agility checklist. Well, you're in luck. The agility table in this lesson will help you paint an accurate picture of where your organization stands on the agility spectrum.
Assessing Agility Checklist
In the table below, place an ''X'' beside each characteristic your team or organization possesses. Look at your team or organization as objectively as possible to achieve the best results.
|_____||Culture of teamwork|
|_____||Receptive to feedback|
|_____||Commitment to continuing education|
|_____||Focused on providing value|
|_____||Atmosphere of trust|
|_____||Views failure as opportunity|
|_____||Curiosity and innovation are encouraged|
|_____||Respectful of others|
Scoring Your Assessment
Now, add up your ''Xs'' and see how your team or organization fares.
Agile Achiever (12-15)
Congratulations! Your team is a very successful agile organization. Your employees have adapted to an agile culture that is obvious from the top levels of management to front-line employees. Continue to encourage creativity, transparency, collaboration, and communication as core values of your organization. Give employees autonomy and watch them continue to create a workplace that is positive and productive.
Agile Adopter (8-11)
Your team or organization is doing some things right, but there is room for improvement. You may acknowledge the importance of business agility, but don't have all the pieces in place to master it. Seek buy-in from top leaders if you don't already have it. Use training sessions to help employees understand the importance of business agility.
Agile Acknowledger (8 and below)
You know what business agility is, but it's not touching your organization - yet. Your team or organization has a lot of work to do to get to the level of the Agile Achiever. Training and development tools and resources are critical to help employees see the difference between agile and non-agile organizations. Give employees autonomy over their work and room to make mistakes. Look for ways to embrace creativity and seek knowledge, such as allowing employees an hour each day to work on projects of their own choosing. Invest in tools and resources to improve communication and boost collaboration.
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