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Constant change is a norm in today’s fast-paced business environment.
It’s become important for companies to respond almost immediately, in order to sustain in a business world where geographical boundaries are continually diminishing; technology is rapidly advancing; customer expectations are ever changing and the whole world is 24/7 connected.
Agility is one of the most important means to deal with it.
If you look at businesses that are progressing and growing, you will find that it’s their ability to be flexible and nimble that’s been helping them stay ahead of the competition. They are the ones that
- Are more likely to be first to the market
- Innovate more frequently
- Are the best employer brands
Given the speed of market changes, an increasing number of companies, irrespective of their size and nature, are jumping on the agile bandwagon to survive and grow in a tumultuous business environment.
Sticking to the traditional values and modus operandi is not going to help. One must remember that agility is not just about implementing and executing new processes or templates. Rather it’s about developing an agile mindset and empowering people to face challenges without hesitating.
So, what does it take to build a company that’s flexible enough to respond quickly and efficiently to market changes? Well, just thinking about being agile doesn’t make you agile.
So, how do you go about it? Listed below are introductory steps that you need to take to prepare yourself to move towards agility.
Ask yourself these questions (more…)
By 2025, Centennials will account for 30% of the global workforce, jumping into the workplace melting pot of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. This article may be something to share with employers you work with.
Their expectations? High.
Their brand loyalty? Low.
But your rewards for winning them over could be huge.
Here, we reveal everything you need to know about this exciting new wave of workers, shoppers and future-shapers to help you prepare your business for long term success.
How well do you know your generations? (more…)
Paul Bridle interviews Alexander Petsch, Managing Director of Spring Messe AG about the importance of people in business.
In this 'Thoughts on Leadership' video, Paul Bridle talks more about how everyday a business is on show - and not just when it is being represented at an exhibition.
More and more organisations talk about the importance of their 'values' - yet few thing about these when recruiting new members of staff.
‘Values-Based Recruitment’ is essentially a means of assessing to what extent an individual’s approach, attitudes and motives align with the demands of the job, the values of the business and the culture of the working environment.
More enlightened organisations would argue that attending to these factors as part of their selection process has always been important to them. Although they might not have called it ‘Values-Based Recruitment,’ these organisations explore a 'values match' during their selection processes in some way or another, even if it’s not in a very deliberate or systematic way.
Take the first two diagrams below which convey two typical approaches to recruitment.
In Figure 1, experience is given the most attention (i.e. Does this applicant’s experience and qualifications indicate that they will be able to undertake this role successfully?). Some attention is paid to values, but it tends to be focused on ensuring that no obviously negative values are demonstrated (i.e. Was the applicant rude to the receptionist? Did they misinterpret one of our strategic objectives?) as opposed to actively trying to identify a set of particularly desirable values (i.e. Did they demonstrate commitment to our corporate message?
Do they keep up-to-date on the issues that our organisation cares about?)
In this era of massive information, the latest technologies are transforming the way people work and live. Emotional fitness coaching, as set down in Warren Redman’s book, is a piece of new technology that enables leaders to do exactly what the title says.
This book is a good, easy to use, interactive guide to emotional fitness coaching. It is very timely in answering the needs of modern professional life. Warren Redman is an award-winning author, counsellor and emotional fitness coach with a wealth of experience in manufacturing and commerce management. He is a leading developer in the science of emotional fitness and founder of the Emotional Fitness Institute.
Redman defines emotional fitness as, first, the ability to bounce back from the latest setback or challenge. It is a series of mind habits you can learn which make you stronger and more resilient. Like any kind of fitness, the more you practice, the better you get.
The book lets you create a workout plan for your emotional health. The exercises outlined in it are about developing so-called “soft skills” for leadership and management.
The book is framed as a narrative, with a newly-appointed manager receiving emotional fitness coaching. Readers follow the manager’s experience with the coach while completing exercises themselves. They are taken through various situations and the process of identifying a problem, developing a reaction to the problem and creating a solution. There is space included for readers to record their own reactions to the problems outlined in the narrative. This interactive way of presenting things is one of Redman’s real strengths as an author and coach.