Agile & Innovative Cultures Initiative
Agility: The Ingredient That Will Define Next Generation Leadership
"Today's organizational leaders are facing accelerating rates of volatility, complexity and ambiguity. Whether it is the continuing digital revolution or expanding global markets, our current environment requires a constant state of innovation. Leading through this new business environment requires the capability to sense and respond to changes with actions that are focused, fast and flexible. The best way to put it: next generation leaders have to be agile". Brian McGowan, Forbes, Dec 12, 2012 (abridged).
What gets measured gets done..in businesses and tennis!
"How Canada turned itself into a tennis contender" (Globe & Mail, July 4th 2014) describes some of the impressive steps taken by Tennis Canada over the past 20 years to become more successful. One advantage that tennis and most sports have, is that success is easily treacked and measured; both at the country level and for any specific program or player.
While outputs of innovation in organizations can be measured to some degree by things such as patents issued and productivity, there is lack of information regarding how cultures can drive agility and innovation. Feedback on key organizational issues are needed to help drive positive change by answering questions such as;.
- Do employees feel encouraged to be creative and innovate?
- Do teams function well and do they have the necessary collaboration tools?
- Is internal entrepreneurship rewarded?
- Are there tight feedback loops from customers allowing the organization and staff to respond quickly?
- Do organizations have benchmarking tools to know where they stand on some of these key issues?
The objective is to achieve a large sample using the full questionnaire so that benchmarking will enable organizations, industries, geographies and even individuals to identify ways to develop more agile, innovative and successful work environments. The study has been designed over the past year. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the implementation of the full research program. The questionnaire and benchmarking data will be made available to other consultants or researchers who wish to contribute to the project.
Participants in the program will obtain the data they need to create more agile, innovative successful workplaces.
Adaptive ("aka" agile) businesses saw a 900% in share price over a 10 year period according to a study by Kotter & Heskitt at Harvard (Corporate Culture & Performance). Top innovators saw an average share price increase of 880% over the past 10 years (increase among the top innovators selected by R&D managers in a survey by Booze & Company, 2013 Global Innovation Study).
For project details on how to participate please contact Doug Meredith, President of Meredith Page & Associates (mp2strategic.com) at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also be reached by phone at 514-605-4357
Also, see the blog and detailed press release"US Tops Canada in Encourging Creative Business Cultures".next page: