Leading research organizations are all telling business leaders that they need to have agility to survive in the modern economy. But what kind of agility? Organizational agility, business, leadership, strategic? How do we make sense of all the possible types of agility?
These are the questions Larry wanted to answer after spending the past 5 years trying to sort it all out. The result led him to start The Agility Series of books.
For the first two books in the series he approached a group of senior leaders from a broad spectrum of industries, sectors and countries to participate in a Wisdom Council.
The Wisdom Council for each book were asked a set of open-ended and focused on gathering their thoughts around a group of topic areas for each book. Following the collection of their initial ideas Larry, Jen Hunter of GreatWork as well as Charlotte Goudreault and Claude Emond of TransformAgility Group, got together to identify the themes that were most indicative of the gathered wisdom for each question.
The next round of questions used the Delphi technique in which each participant was asked to choose their preference among the four possibilities using pair-wise comparisons until all possible parings were presented. These results of the pairing choices then became a rank-ordering with the highest percentage ranked first as shown below for the first question from Organizational Agility: Values, Principles and Traits. The graph is a representation of the numbers at the right with the top ranked answer as a call-out for the first question.
in dark grey.
There are currently ten books planned for the series, with suggestions being made for more. Here are the ones we have so far:
- Organizational Agility (published)
- Leadership Agility (published)
- Business Agility – under development
- Cultural Agility – to start soon
- Innovation Agility
- Strategic Agility
- Value Agility
- Delivery Agility
- Client/Customer Agility
- Learning Agility