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Changing Tires on a Moving Car: Management Processes that Support Agility

The term “agility” gets tossed around a lot these days. Strategists tout the virtues of strategic agility, fast strategy, and resilience.

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Agility’s Dirty Little Secret

Christopher G. Worley (CEO), Thomas Williams (PwC Strategy), and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO)
The Agility Pyramid describes how the four agility routines and management processes work together to keep an organization’s capabilities effective and refreshed.

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Organization Agility and Talent Management

This article by Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Christopher G. Worley (CEO) uses case studies on Netflix and oDesk to show that organizations can create an agile workforce by adopting a set of talent management practices that encourage employees to learn and develop, and by reducing the transaction costs associated with changing the skill sets in their workforce.

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Top-down, bottom-up, outside-in, and from the middle out: Where traditional change processes fall short, 12/12/14, recording/slides

Eric Severson, Senior Vice President, Global Talent Solutions at Gap, Inc., talked about the integration of the many vectors of change that have been simultaneously unfolding as Gap Inc. has worked to achieve sustainable effectiveness as defined by business/financial and market success, meeting the needs of today’s global workforce, and pursuing world-leading corporate responsibility.

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Misconceptions Of Agility, 10/6/14, recording/slides

In this webinar, Chris Worley, Tom Williams, and Ed Lawler will present and discuss several of the leading “misconceptions of agility”.

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Corporate Stewardship Conference

Corporate Stewardship Conference hosted by the Center for Effective Organizations, Honoring Warren Bennis, with speakers Howard Schultz, Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks, Terri Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, W. L. Gore & Associates, and James Sinegal, Co-Founder and Director, Costco.

Change Management is Obsolete: Learnings from Research and Practice About What’s Next, 7/30/13, Recording/Slides

There’s little disagreement that we are living in an increasingly VUCA world – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The question is what are we doing about it? In this webinar Chris Worley and Sue Mohrman will characterize the world we live in and explore the obsolescence of the design and change models that we use.

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Janice Schonwetter (AlignOrganizations): Organizational Design Refresher Webinar, 2/26/2013

Janice presents a case dealing with the redesign of HR in a large, global engineering design and services company. A very systematic example of working through the issues of leveraging services across businesses and across regions and how to organize for that.

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