Agility, or the ability to pivot quickly to deliver value, is a strategic differentiator and current hot topic across industry and company size. Constant change is the new normal and driven by the dynamic world in which we live. Recent studies show that agility is critical for success, top-of-mind for many executives, and linked to profitable growth. An organization’s ability to pivot quickly to the next priority leads to better performance, and an edge on the competition. Panelists gathered from CTO2, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), kCura, and McDonald’s Corporation to discuss best practices on what companies and HR leaders are doing to stay agile and how to integrate agility into human capital strategies and talent solutions.
Companies recognize agility as a learnable skill that can be strengthened in its people and embedded in an organization’s processes and culture. “Agile is about speed, being able to pivot, and being thoughtful about delivering value,” said Heather Corallo, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at CTO2. “Building a feedback culture to enable foresight, learning, adaptability and resilience is critical to understanding how engaged and agile people are feeling about the things happening around them,” continued Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer at kCura.
Organizations also adopt new mindsets to enable agility. “We put a premium on making things happen,” said Michael Kosiarek, Sr. Director of Global Organization Design at McDonald’s Corporation. “We went from silos to globalizing support functions to enable cross-functional collaboration.” The removal of barriers that inhibited cross-functional collaboration to deliver results required people to adopt a new mindset to achieve results together.
However, organizational agility is achieved through the collective result of each individual. Employees at any level may strengthen their agility through application and practice of the following tips.