January 17, 2020

Pave your path to an agile way of life

Today’s business world requires us to deliver more value to customers, which in turn requires us to be more agile in responding to changing trends. How many of us know how to apply agility in order to help our businesses reach their utmost potential in terms of profit and people?

Business agility enables organisations to not only deliver and innovate effectively, but also to turn market disruption into a competitive advantage. Organisations that have fully embraced agility are able to adapt their structure quickly to deliver products or services, innovate on a larger scale and develop leaders who can support further progress in the face of growing complexity.

In an agile environment, the resulting evolution of capabilities, behaviours and values enables both the business and individuals to be more resilient when dealing with the changes, leading to better outcomes for everyone.

At a time when the rapid pace of change and technological advancement is creating a greater sense of uncertainty, businesses ned to adapt more quickly while still remaining customer-focused. They also ned to stay lean while continuously improving working conditions to empower employees to solve any problems that hinder productivity.

Lean development gives businesses the ability to deliver value to an ever-changing marketplace while using fewer resources. This starts with understanding the customer and what he or she finds value in. Organisations ned to know how to align their products and services to the needs of customers even before the latter know what those needs are themselves. That means knowing how to “read between the lines” in the marketplace.

In the modern workplace, a lot of the knowledge and technology now being employed is likely to become obsolete in a relatively short time. Think of it this way: If you are working exactly the same way you used to five or 10 years ago, don’t you think your company will quickly go out of business? If your company doesn’t have a continuous growth culture that challenges managers and employees to go beyond their comfort zone, it is in serious danger.

A good start is to encourage people to improve on what already exists and to try something new. That will require people and the organisation to look beyond their current capabilities, but it’s the only way to improve and grow.

A commitment to strive for the next level of excellence and achievement is what truly matters in the long run. Companies that embrace continuous professional development, helping their people to reskill and upskill, can stay one step ahead of their competitors.


Mindset and Agility

Individuals who have a fixed mindset usually don’t consider themselves capable of changing course or learning new abilities. They tend to define their identities based on their current skill set and knowledge, avoiding any challenges that might not produce success. However, those with an agile mindset embrace the idea of dynamic change and growth.

For instance, if there is a technical problem that requires a solution no one has been able to find, a person with an agile mindset will put every effort into learning about every possible option. In contrast, someone with a fixed mindset will see that train of thought as irrelevant to them and give up.

It is important to realise that your abilities are ever-evolving and your goal is to learn and improve them more and more. A growth mindset is, indeed, one of the most critical components in today’s world. It’s no surprise that this course is now one of the most popular on my company’s learning platform YourNextU, which helps individuals adapt to continuous change and build agility across their organisation.

By embracing new experiences you will be able to sharpen your skills and react to challenges with increased resilience, helping you pave a path toward an agile way of life. Having the courage to work in situations outside of your comfort zone and be open about things you don’t already know will help you grow and thrive.

Arinya Talerngsri is Chief Capability Officer and Managing Director at SEAC – Southeast Asia’s Lifelong Learning Center. She can be reached by email at arinya_t@new.seasiacenter.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/arinya-talerngsri-53b81aa. Explore and experience our lifelong learning ecosystem today at https://www.yournextu.com