In The Agility Factor: Building Adaptable Organizations for Superior Performance, the authors (Christopher G. Worley, Thomas D. Williams, and Edward E. Lawler III) reveal the factors that drive long-term profitability based on the practices of successful companies that have consistently outperformed their peers.
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Although there is great agreement that organizations have to get better at changing, there is much less agreement on what organizations need to do in order to become more agile. In our recent book, The Agility Factor, Chris Worley, Tom Williams, and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) provide an answer.
This “short format” publication by Christopher G. Worley, Thomas D. Williams, and Edward E. Lawler III is a “tools” product that describes how to assess an organization’s level of agility. The book features two forms of assessment.
In this webinar, Chris Worley and Sue Mohrman will describe their learnings about designing organizations for agility. There are many paradoxes inherent in such designs. Agility requires accepting a certain amount of slack that absorbs the risk of investing in their future while relentlessly driving down costs in present operations; experimenting on the one hand while systematically incorporating what is learned on the other; and developing people to be ready for the future while making them expert in the present. In agile organizations, change is routine.
Tom Williams (Booz & Company), Chris Worley (CEO), Niko Canner (Booz & Company) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) explain that “Competitive environments change continuously, and the pace of change continues to increase. Yet some companies in every industry show superior performance relative to their peers over very long periods of time. Does your company have the agility required to keep up?”
This article by Christopher G. Worley (CEO) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) describes one comprehensive agility framework called “built to change” and the diagnostic process developed to assess an organization’s agility.
Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) explains that Fast HR is a growing body of work that spells out ways HR can change to meet the needs of today’s fast-growth and high change organizations.
Susan A. Mohrman (CEO) and Christopher G. Worley (CEO) state that during rapid change and extreme threat, steering the ship is not sufficient. Leaders must introduce approaches that tap the energies of employees throughout the organization.
Susan A. Mohrman (CEO) explains that few corporations are immune to the forces of the global economy and the sweeping technological advances that require large-scale change and adaptability for survival.
Andreas Werr (Stockholm School of Economics) and Larry Greiner (USC) explains that the world of managers is increasingly knowledge intensive. Competition is growing, large organizations are becoming more global and complex, resulting in a proliferation of new management models and tools, making it difficult for managers to keep up with the latest developments (Huczynski, 1993).
Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Christopher G. Worley (CEO) share that as the pace of globalization and social change quickens, executives are correctly calling for greater agility, flexibility and innovation from their companies.
Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Christopher G. Worley (CEO) share that more and more executives and management theorists are calling for agility, flexibility, and innovation in the performance of organizations.