Agile, Authentic Leadership, Truth, Agile Organizations

Authentic Organizations are poised to win in the Next Decade

Agile organizations with authentic leaders are poised to win in the next decade

Week 2 of 8

November 8, 2019

TRUST, is your company committed to this word? A new brand of authentic leaders are writing the blueprint for the next decade. They garner trust of their team and customers through authenticity and utilize industry leading agile methodologies. Transportation, specifically Automotive, have a massive opportunity to grow in this area. According to a McKinsey article, “The agile organization is dawning as the new dominant organizational paradigm”. Agile is the way to go, authentic leadership will guarantee that your company garners trust internally and externally. I hope this short blog sparks your curiosity on why this will help your company stay relevant to the new mass market consumer and your employees through the following topics:

  • Authentic Leadership
  • Agile Organization

Authentic Leadership

Trust starts with people that lead companies. Leaders make mistakes, reverse decisions and have bad days, quite simply, they are normal people that have taken on huge responsibilities. Here’s a few questions. Do you find yourself surrounded by lawyers and are not a lawyer yourself? Are you always looking for a new angle in your external and internal communications? Do you constantly find issues with your employees and customers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may struggle in the next decade. Authenticity is found in leaders who live balanced lives with purpose in all they do. Authentic leaders ensure they are aligned with a companies vision and core. They are at their best engaging with team members and customers, no matter the situation. They challenge themselves as much, if not more than they challenge their teams. Are you comfortable sitting down with your team and customers? Are you happy to share your intentions with whomever you encounter? Will your company be on the right side of history at the end of the next decade? If not, Take Action! There are countless ways to develop, challenge and grow yourself through books, courses and coaches. This quote says it best……. “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now”.

Agile Organization

Agile organizations have a major advantage in the next decade as they succeed in uncertain market conditions. Agile has many forms, the best companies adopt what is right for their size, maturity and market opportunity. Teams work on delivery and adapt to what is important with a focus on people getting things done. The greatest aspect of agile is the ability to prioritize and re-prioritize quickly without missing delivery dates.  This is important for meeting customer expectations and achieving financial targets.  It empowers employees and gives them flexibility to make their own decisions, celebrate their wins and stay accountable for learnings.  Your future customers and employees will gravitate towards companies that collaborate and learn together.  Leaders have to give up control in these environments. Vision is important, however not the agile leader’s sole responsibility.  Coaching, recruiting, training and living company values are large aspects of an agile leaders role.  This may be extremely uncomfortable for business leaders that were trained and developed through top-down structures.  In fact, agile re-constructs years of career paths for leaders who believed that the world would never change.

Agile environments optimize engagement, creativity and knowledge of your employees through collaboration.  It’s easy, but short sited, to only associate agile concepts with technology and product development.  Agile core values and concepts need to work throughout an organization or else friction will ensue. Companies in all industries that live and breathe agile throughout their organization structure are poised for success in the next decade. Think of the last time you went to a restaurant.  Could you see the kitchen?  Restaurants with open floor plans or clear glass walls are telling you that they have nothing to hide.  In fact they are proud of their kitchens’ appearance, cleanliness and how their employees are treated.  The decision to open kitchens to its patrons shows trust and pride in the overall environment. Can your servers’ access and engage your chef’s? Can your salespeople engage your engineers or developers? Can your customers engage feedback with all areas of your company?  Can your customers see the equivalent of your “kitchen”? Are you hiding things? 

Does this resonate with you? Do you agree that agile organizations with authentic leaders will win in the next decade? Truly excited to hear your thoughts on this topic.

I’m grateful that you took time to read this. Thank you for your support, comments and questions. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Next week’s post will focus on Technology Solutions – Do you understand what scenarios may play out?

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