The New Frontier of Business Agility

The Need for Business Agility

The rate of competitive disruption and the emergence of new business models threatens traditional market leaders. Leading businesses must innovate and deliver more effectively than smaller competitors, while being willing to disrupt their own products and business models to survive and thrive into the future.

With business agility, organizations can outlearn and outperform their competition. They can become learning organizations that improve continuously, their success fueled by passionate, empowered employees.

Business agility comprises several critical organizational competencies:

  1. Deliver Fast and Responsively (Delivery Agility)
  2. Innovate and Disrupt (Product Innovation)
  3. Adapt Organization and Culture (Organizational Adaptability)
  4. Lead through Complexity (Leadership Effectiveness)

Building strength in all of these competencies prepares you to create and execute on your Vision, Strategy, and Goals.

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Business Agility: Competencies of a Learning Organization


Delivery Agility

The ability to deliver high-value products and features fast and responsively while continuously minimizing waiting, waste, and defects


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Product Innovation

The ability to innovate products, services as well as business models to drive and disrupt markets


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Organizational Adaptability

The ability to adapt the organization and culture including management models, policies, structures, and processes


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Leadership Effectiveness

The ability to lead through complexity using styles and skills that engage and empower employees.


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The Foundation of Business Agility

Business Agility enables organizations to outlearn and outperform the competition by becoming learning organizations fueled by passionate, empowered individuals. Where are you on your competitive journey? What competencies do you already know you need to strengthen?

Deliver Fast and Responsively

To deliver great customer experiences to the most valuable markets, organizations must be capable of fast organizational learning supported by frictionless delivery. Effective delivery depends on Lean execution, immediate response to feedback, and near-zero-defect quality.

Innovate and

In an era of declining return on assets and accelerating corporate turnover, organizations that continuously test and innovate products, services, and business models produce higher shareholder returns more consistently, longer. Today the ability to rapidly measure, adapt, and optimize these variables drives business success.

Adapt Org and Culture

In the age of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, organizations can’t compete successfully if they remain static. To stay ahead of ever-changing business needs, companies must update their organizational and managerial approaches, reduce bureaucracy, and evolve their cultures.

Lead Through Complexity

In the Agile organization, managers are stewards — designing environments where delivery agility and product innovation thrive. Leaders must exhibit the vision and commitment to develop a culture of continuous learning and adaptation in order to optimize flow of value to customers and exploit market opportunity.

How to Unlock Business Agility

Leveraging our industry experience, customer feedback, and market data, SolutionsIQ helps our clients achieve the competencies they need to thrive amid rapid change. Our transformation offerings build on each other, collectively yielding the set of organizational competencies required for competitive business agility.

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What’s Next?

Connect with a Solutions Consultant who can help you unlock business agility and put you on the path to becoming a learning organization.

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