Organizational Agility – 4 Key Principles [#OrganizationalAgility #AgilityKeyPrinciples #AgilityPrinciples]
Four key principles for organizing an effective agile network:
1. The network has a compelling shared goal
2. The network comprises small groups
3. The groups have an action orientation
4. The network is the sum of the small groups
1. The network has a compelling shared goal:
Traditional managers are correct in thinking that a network will never work in a bureaucracy. That is because work in a bureaucracy is dominated by rules, procedures and instructions.
To function effectively, a network must be driven by a compelling shared goal. Once that obsession is universally shared, it matters less who is delivering the value. What is important that the fact of delivery.
As in a basketball team, it is less important who scores the goal: what matters is whether the goal is scored.
2. The network comprises small groups:
These large networks are not built on a collection of individuals, like the old-style evangelists bringing huge crowds together in a big tent.
Successful movements are all organized around small, local action groups, who work together to achieve impact in very different contexts. These action groups are united by a loosely coupled network that enables them to seek help from others and to observe and learn from the diverse actions of each group what actions can achieve the greatest impact.
3. The groups have an action orientation:
Small groups cultivate a spirit of collaboration, but it is a particular kind of collaboration. These groups are not about years of discussion, study, meditation or reflection.
They are about putting ideas into practice, not about abstract knowledge, or even on ideas for the sake of ideas themselves. These groups are about changing the world in a direction that the participants think is better in an important way.
4.The network is the sum of the small groups
The network does not contain the small groups: it is the sum of the small groups. The small groups are not groups within the organization: conceptually, they are the organization.
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