Building an Agile & Innovative Organization

Idea to Value

In recent years, more and more companies have realized the need for innovation as they’ve seen businesses all around them, and perhaps even their own business, being disrupted. So, what is it exactly that makes an organization innovative and agile?

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China the story of innovation and disruption.

Paul Hobcraft

Disruption is all around us; it never seems to go away; it simply appears in a different and often entirely new form. The result is the same; it disrupts what we know and often in how we suddenly need to set about doing it differently. part Image credit Knowledge @ Wharton.

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Are You Doing Agile Right?

Leapfrogging

What is the Agile Innovation Process, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations? Today, everyone wants to be agile. It’s seen as sexy and cool to be agile, but most people don’t know what the term really means. Still, concepts like agile design and agile software development have taken over the popular zeitgeist recently, and businesses are looking for ways to develop the agile mindset at every possible opportunity.

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Significance over Success. Innovation over Change. Anticipation over Agility.

Daniel Burrus

In a world where exponential change and digital disruptions abound, you simply cannot rest on your laurels and merely rely on what you’ve already built. Instinctually for many, we choose to play it safe and protect and defend the status quo with agility.

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Why Agility Cannot Stand Alone

Daniel Burrus

This is called agility, and we often utilize agility to change directions and head the competition off at the pass. For example, do you think Kickstarter became the dominating force in the growing crowdsourcing industry because it was agile?

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Agile Strategy – 16 Strategic Thinking Questions to Explore Disruptive Innovation

BrainZooming

Fanatics introduced disruptive innovation to its marketplace with an agile strategy. It also uses its agile strategy to market apparel for niche opportunities where it might sell as few as ten t-shirts. Along with the recap, Inside the Executive Suite offered sixteen strategic thinking questions inspired by the Fanatics case study that you can use to explore agile strategy options within your own organization. Developing an Agile Strategy.

China the story of innovation and disruption.

Paul Hobcraft

Disruption is all around us; it never seems to go away; it simply appears in a different and often entirely new form. The result is the same; it disrupts what we know and often in how we suddenly need to set about doing it differently. part Image credit Knowledge @ Wharton.

DISRUPT YOURSELF, TEAM AND ORGANISATION

ImagineNation

Whether you actively seek to disrupt yourself, your team, and your organisation to effect sustainable success in the new year, or not, we all need to face, adapt and learn from the range of challenging disruptive events that impacted us in the past 12 months.

10 Disruptive Trends for 2020

Leapfrogging

Disruption is everywhere. Twenty years ago, when I started advising startups and Fortune 500 companies on their innovation strategies, a “2020 vision” served as a key staple in most business planning efforts. Emerging technologies catalyze disruption.

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Developing an agile innovation strategy

Idea Drop

Agile project management involves dividing tasks into short phases of work, or ‘sprints’, with continuous reassessment and adaptation of plans. Stemming from the word agile, meaning to move quickly and easily, it is no surprise that such a methodology goes hand in hand with innovation. Yet this discernible link is too often overlooked and it is exactly this refusal to acknowledge the compatibility of innovation and agile processes that frequently leads to innovation failures.

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10 Disruptive Trends for 2020

Leapfrogging

Disruption is everywhere. Twenty years ago, when I started advising startups and Fortune 500 companies on their innovation strategies, a “2020 vision” served as a key staple in most business planning efforts. Emerging technologies catalyze disruption. Digital Organizations – More and more companies recognize that moving fast, being agile, and collaborating across internal boundaries and with outside partners is the only way to compete.

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Bitcoin and Blockchain: A Small Glimpse Into Big Digital Disruptions

Daniel Burrus

For those interested in digital disruption and technological advancements , Bitcoin represented so much more than a way to allegedly make money fast like some type of digital wolf of Wall Street. When your focus is on agility and reactionary responses, you will always be behind the curve.

Agility and Anticipation, a Tale of Two Business Strategies 

Daniel Burrus

In short, you use agility to change directions and head the competition off at the pass. Think about some of the most powerful, most industry-disruptive products and services that have become well-known of late. Put them in context with the concept of agility. Agility doesn’t allow you to innovate and jump ahead of the competition. Did Kickstarter become a dominant force in the growing crowdsourcing industry because it was agile?

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104 Possibilities to Disrupt Your Brand Strategy

BrainZooming

A similar phenomenon applies to brand strategy. But all the while, competitors or market forces you may not even suspect are disrupting your place in the market. While success can breed success, it can also lead to blindness about the importance of trying to disrupt your brand strategy before something else comes along to topple your brand. 104 Possibilities to Disrupt Your Brand Strategy. 13 Exercises for Disruptive Business Strategy.

Organizational Agility Entails Dual Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Ralph Ohr explores the question: In order to increase agility, should organizations aim to become more nimble across their existing structures or should they capitalize on separated units/ventures - such as innovation or digital labs - being dedicated to initiate and develop explorative ideas and opportunities?

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Future-proof Companies: Combining Agility with Ambidexterity

Integrative Innovation

Both capabilities may exhibit some overlap, yet can basically be considered independent from each other: a company can be highly agile while lacking ambidexterity and vice versa.

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We Can’t Stop Disruption

Moves the Needle

We must embrace disruption in order to make it work for all of us. At every level of the organization, people need to look at themselves and ask, “How do I disrupt myself in order to deal with the new reality?”. Leaders can use agile practices to balance the work.

Digital Disruption: A Multi-Generational Mindset

Daniel Burrus

Being anticipatory is a multifaceted offense in a world of rapid digital disruption. Yet it is important to remember that being anticipatory also requires you to be aware of disruptions from others that may impact you and knowing how to prepare accordingly.

Why Cultivate Innovation Agility?

Innovation Excellence

I was at a committee meeting recently and one of the guiding principles adopted by the team was “agile decision making – the 80:20 rule”. When I inquired as to what “agile decision making” actually meant, I was informed that it meant accelerating planning by making fast decisions that did not need to be “perfect”.

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Agility Levels the Playing Field. Anticipation Changes the Game.

Daniel Burrus

As is the case with so many traditional ideas and principles, the strategies that worked yesterday may only be holding you back today and tomorrow. To jump ahead with both confidence and lower risk, you will need more than agility. Agility. Agility serves an important role helping companies react quickly to unforeseen change. The biggest advantage to an agile organization is that they can react faster than their slower competitors.

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Six Insights for Innovating Amid Disruption

Yet2

In many ways 2020 defines the idea of disruption: the entire world went into lockdown, markets fluctuate, and every university and R&D department raced to innovate. These funds must be ready and available when the disruption hits. We will continue to be surprised by disruptions.

4 Ways Agility Protects the Status Quo (And 5 Reasons Anticipation is Better)

Daniel Burrus

Organizations that have adopted an anticipatory mindset and culture enjoy a variety of powerful advantages over those that rely on strategies that simply aren’t as effective as they once might have been. Agility is one such strategy—the often vaunted capacity to react to change as quickly as possible to address problems and changing market conditions. Does that make agility an extinct dinosaur? Why Agility Is No Longer Enough. Being agile would not have helped.

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Organizational Agility Entails Complementary Innovation

Integrative Innovation

Recently, I’ve come across a couple of posts and articles debating on the question: In order to increase agility, should organizations aim to become more nimble across their existing structures or should they capitalize on separated units/ventures – such as Innovation or digital labs – being dedicated to initiate and develop explorative ideas and opportunities? Improving organizational agility entails complementary transformation and innovation streams.

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How to be More Agile as Competitive Advantages Fade

New Markets Advisors

For years, Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath has been telling us that the traditional strategy of finding and exploiting a sustainable competitive advantage is becoming outdated. It’s how to build agility into your organization such that you can adapt as the strength of those advantages diminishes. To help your organization become more agile, I offer four pieces of advice, each of which ties to an essential element of agility.

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How Low-Code Application Platforms Are Driving Agility In the New Normal?

Acuvate

How Low-Code Application Platforms Are Driving Agility In the New Normal? The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought about disruption at a scale that’s never been seen before. The post How Low-Code Application Platforms Are Driving Agility In the New Normal?

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Leadership Alignment Work Mat for making Innovation fully connected.

Paul Hobcraft

The Leadership Alignment Workmat provides a unique examination of the executive’s role in innovation, it offer a framework that the leadership of the organization can adopt to ensure linkages and synergies between strategy and innovation, innovation and capabilities, innovation and culture.

Strategic Agility –The Next Big Thing is Here

The Human Factor

Whether the disruption comes from the introduction of a new technology, a new competitor that nobody saw coming, or drastic changes in economic policy and trade agreements, the companies that go to the head of the class are usually those that respond the quickest. I call this strategic agility. Strategic agility is the ability to quickly and appropriately respond to or drive change while maintaining flexibility and focus. agility goals Holly G.

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Digital Disruption and Your Workforce

Daniel Burrus

In some cases, it’s about identifying opportunities for major digital disruption that you yourself can introduce (think Uber, Kickstarter and other innovations that set entire industries on their ear.). But being anticipatory also means being aware of outside disruptions that may impact you—and how to prepare accordingly. To that end, let’s consider the relationship between digital disruption and the people in your organization. The Continuing Digital Disruption.

Why Strategy Is Important to Your Business Success

CMOE

Businesses that have leaders who are committed to their strategies grow faster and are more profitable than their counterparts. To fill this gap and position an organization for long-term success, leaders must prioritize strategy. Strategy Creates One Forward-Focused Vision.

Disruptive Forces Impacting the Insurance Industry in 2021

ITONICS

A look at disruptive forces impacting the insurance industry in 2021 and beyond. Agile innovators able to integrate transformative technology, behavioral economics, and collaborative ecosystems will set the pace for change.

Building a Culture that Thrives on Innovation Agility

Innovation Excellence

We are living in an age of disruption, where changes are accelerating making innovation a strategic and systemic necessity and competitive lever to ensure your organization's survival and sustainability. Living now in what Daniel Pink describes as “The Conceptual Age” our attention needs to be on both enhancing creativity, agility and in developing customer empathy.

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Building the Innovation Business Case

Paul Hobcraft

This approach we take offers a comprehensive solution to the innovation business case and its methodology and it belongs to its owners Agility Innovation Specialists.

An Anticipatory Leader™ Turns Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage

Daniel Burrus

They have learned from a large list of high-profile Fortune 100 companies that were great at both agility and execution but experienced dramatic downturns. Reacting to problems and digital disruptions, no matter how agile you and your organization are, is no longer good enough. Reacting to problems and disruptions, no matter how agile you are, is no longer good enough.

Hindsight from 2020: Strategies for the New Normal

Daniel Burrus

Contrary to competing, a better strategy is to seek advantage. Competers are agile reactors caught up in meeting their day-to-day challenges, limited to worrying about the future, while innovators view the present as a stepping-stone they can use to get to a bigger and better future.

Getting back to the Future about Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

We have linkage gaps between innovation and strategy. I wrote in a past post , “The solutions of fluid, agile and adaptive are aiming to develop highly flexible and responsive organizations as an attractive answer to manage in more uncertain times as the way to move forward.”

Is Digital Disruption Keeping You Awake at Night?

Daniel Burrus

Two of the biggest Hard Trends right now are around organizations moving their data into the cloud and the very real increase in online security disruption threats we face on a daily basis. This is where we are starting to see a new wave of digital disruption as conflicts are forcing a change in the technology landscape. We all now reside in a digital world where being agile as well as anticipatory is the new currency.

How to enable Disruptive Innovation in an enterprise? [video included]

Be-novative

Disruptive Innovation is not a linear process. Subscribe to our channel as more videos are about to come every 1–2 weeks: [link] Besides the stage-gate process that is perfect for supporting continuous improvement in a company, we need to adopt more agile techniques that builds on small sprints of design thinking, creativity enhancing techniques and lean startup methods adopted for the company’s innovation culture. this will drive more disruptive innovation as a cultural change.

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Complacency Stunts Innovation

Daniel Burrus

Complacency is even more detrimental in the environment we live in today, dominated by exponential digital disruption. Your hard work and resulting success can create a level of comfort that blinds you to the Hard Trends predicting incoming disruptions. Agility Without Anticipation.

22 Ice Breaker Questions on Disruptive Innovation and Uncertainty

BrainZooming

22 Ice Breaker Questions on Disruptive Innovation and Uncertainty. We helped plan a full day event focused on disruptive innovation. That triggered creating an entirely new set of ice breaker questions linked to disruption or uncertainty in some way. Speaking of disruptive brands, what is your best Uber experience? Speaking of disruptive brands, what is your worst Uber experience? What’s Your Implementation Strategy for Uncertain Times?

Have the Banks already been Disrupted?

Matthew Griffin

“Banks were once the corner stone of the community but today their industry is being disrupted and disintermediated. Every industry is undergoing some level of disruption and for some its more extreme and happening faster than others. Business Models Competition Disruptive Innovation Entrepreneurship Ideation Innovation Open Innovation Product Developments Start Ups Venture Capital banking business strategy cio disruption disruptive innovation fintech

Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture

BrainZooming

We see seven keys to creating an innovative workplace culture where individuals are able to meaningfully contribute to the organization’s innovation strategy. It’s vital to point your innovation strategy in a direction. What is the first innovation strategy question to ask? 5 Ideas for Turning a Vision Statement into Strategy. 9 Critical Steps Before Your Innovation Strategy Gets Sexy. #2 Outside-In Innovation Strategy – 2 Ways to Take a Fresh Look. #4

How we are helping the consulting industry to disrupt itself

SnapStrat

Trends that are reshaping how your clients need to transform 1) The agile enterprise : Pace of business change demands unprecedented agility in all of an organization’s capabilities. The post How we are helping the consulting industry to disrupt itself appeared first on SnapStrat.

Solve the Real Problem with Exponential Thinking

Daniel Burrus

The disruption caused by COVID-19 leveled the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses. To be anticipatory in a pandemic requires pairing it with agility , as I have discussed at length before.