Organizational agility is the ability for your IT organization to adapt quickly in response to changes in technology or changes in the business. It requires the IT organization to have a foundation in place that includes the processes and controls that equate to stability but allow for flexibility so that the IT organization can be dynamic, taking advantage of change and potentially, actually thriving on change.
When the IT organization has high agility, it not only supports the business in achieving its’ goals and objectives, IT offers a competitive advantage providing its’ customers with the opportunity to improve the speed to market for new products and services, facilitate a new customer experience, or optimize costs by taking advantage of changes in the technology landscape.
To build agility, IT organizations must take actions to harness the power of change in the organization. It must help people not only adapt but feel that they can prosper in times of change. This often requires culture change with the organization. IT leaders can define a path which embeds agility into the culture. This requires targeted actions that tie to the very foundation of the organization. Redefining the vision and strategy process and plan, identifying and changing management behaviors, modifying job descriptions, changing the reward and incentive plan, and redesigning employee development are some basic actions that tie to embedding agility into the culture. It is an effort that requires focused planning and leadership.
What if you aren’t ready to undertake this type of initiative but you want to improve the agility within your team or division? What steps can you can take to see some improvement?
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Embedding organizational agility into the IT culture takes time and focused effort but given the critical nature of technology and the pace of change in your industry, how can you afford to postpone taking steps to improve the effectiveness and adaptability of the organization?
At AdOPT, we are transformation consultants focused on strategy, innovation, process, and culture to increase effectiveness, improve efficiency, and optimize costs. Discover how an cultural assessment can help you identify key steps to influence change adoption. Ask us to complete an assessment today and discover how to improve the return on your initiatives. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 520-591-2427.
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