Leading Agile Transformation
In order to survive and thrive in today’s environment, many organizations are now focusing on becoming more agile. What sets agile organizations apart from traditional ones? For one, they are able to thrive in unpredictable, rapidly changing environments. In addition, they are both stable and dynamic, and they embrace uncertainty and ambiguity. The key enabler to a successful agile transformation is having leaders, particularly senior decision-makers, who are able to develop new mindsets and capabilities. To this end, organizations must extend and transcend the competencies that made their leaders successful in the past. Top executives need to transform their teams to work in new ways and build agility into the design and culture of the whole enterprise.

To fully transform oneself as a leader, several shifts will be necessary. First, changing from a reactive to a creative mindset is a must. A reactive mindset tries to avoid losing, and it looks to replicate the past. A creative mindset is about playing to win, seeking diversity of thought, embracing risk, and experimenting. Second, to help teams work in more agile ways, make them small, diverse, empowered, and connected. Next, encourage teams to work in rapid cycles to deliver greater value more quickly and efficiently. Finally, keep agile teams focused on creating value for members by understanding and addressing their unmet — and even unrecognized — needs.
McKinsey Quarterly (10/18) De Smet, Aaron; Lurie, Michael; St. George, Andrew
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