TOP VALUE THAT IS ALSO A CRITICAL TO LEARN SKILL! AGILITY!
Change is the new constant. Everything is destined to change.
Change affects entire industries. When new technologies arrive or when new competitors not even thought of previously are born, then change is inevitable. For example, the map making industry lost its business to GPS manufacturing industry which in turn was affected by Google smartphone navigation apps. Just like an industry affected by change, an organization that is leading in its industry today may not even exist tomorrow. We know many examples of corporations such as Kodak, Ericsson that were once thriving but are no longer around. Their inability to be agile resulted in their failure.
So, what is AGILITY?
Agility, according to dictionary has two meanings, the ability to move quickly and easily and the ability to think and understand quickly.
Being agile can be both physical and mental. Mentally, it means that there is a “growth mind-set” which allows for learning, trust and value building. Physically, it means having a quick control over the response rate of the body. This means a good reaction time, coordination, and balance.
Additionally, being agile can also build up confidence that would lead to better performance in sports, academics and future corporate life. Building a rock solid foundation with agility is important during the initial years of the child as this will help in the long term when the child grows up and moves out in the real world. In adult life, agility helps in developing soft skills that are critical in work culture today.
Agility cannot be created in a few steps. It cannot be learned in a few classroom lectures. The ability to create and respond to change is an on-going process.
Similar to organizations, an individual also need to imbibe the culture of AGILITY. What we generally do is react to change rather than act for change.
We are facing problems, issues, and many challenges on daily basis. They are impacting us in a negative manner and making our life miserable. But if we start analysing those issues with some agile approach then, it will help us in finding some workable solution to the problems at hand.
Agile culture enables moving ahead with forward thinking and innovation. This means essentially doing away with “this is how we do it around here” mentality and adapt to newer ways of working.
Ask yourself these questions?
Are we changing fast enough to keep up with the changing circumstances?
Is our culture hampering us or enabling us to be agile?
Agility will give us more opportunity to grow, learn, and improve. It will transform us into a completely new person with positive attitude and help us to act as a solution provider. Learning to be agile requires regular practise because good things take longer time and dedication to implement.
It is essential to learn and build agility as a skill as this is one critical thing which helps an individual both as a child and later as an adult.