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Resilient Organization: strategies for thriving in the face of growing challenges

Cultural Awareness

The goal is a resilient organization – and agility is the way to do it. Companies need to understand that they are being confronted with constant change. It is crucial to (re)act as dynamically and as efficiently as possible.

Resilient Organization – preparing the ground

Just like a tree, a company needs to put down roots, grow and become resilient to difficult conditions. Trying to protect against everything doesn't help, since an organism that is stifled from growing might simply die. An organization, just like a living being, depends on an environment which is constantly changing – just like the markets – and the cycles of change become ever-shorter. In order to stay in the game, resilience and agility form the basis for any sustainable company. Experts refer to that as a Resilient Organization.

With the right approach, companies can react dynamically to new challenges. ORGANIC agility is a promising approach that targets exactly that, and which evolved through a combination of theory and experience with hundreds of companies on a global scale. ORGANIC agility is based on three pillars: a capability-oriented Leadership framework, a scaffolding of five core principles and the tools it offers to make implementation a reality.

ORGANIC agility: evolve through key agile principles

The five principles of ORGANIC agility

The implementation of agility in organizations usually also means changing the ways we think about hierarchies, in order to make decision-making processes quick, agile, and sensible and to reduce the distance between leaders and information.

There is no magic formula of what an agile transition should look like for everybody, but the following five principles have been proven to support without creating dependency and erasing diversity:

1. Increase cultural awareness and coherence within the organization

2. Discover decision-making process that allow an appropriate response for different situations

3. Recognize what clients really need and how to give it to them

4. Achieve goals in small increments: validated knowledge guides complex change

5. Distribute control in order to avoid the costs of excessive coordination

Along the path to a Resilient Organization, companies should make use of already validated agile methods. One example is the Agile Strategy Map.

Individual consulting with an international orientation for companies

agile42 Consulting GmbH guides companies on their path towards becoming a Resilient Organization. With the aid of agile techniques experts develop individual solutions, so companies can survive even the most volatile markets, using agile methods in order to create efficiency, coherence and resilience. Coaching and training supports the needs of leaders, teams, and organizations. Andrea Tomasini, a founder of ORGANIC agility, emphasizes the importance of organizational culture. In his experience, alignment and efficiency only work in theory and limited contexts, whereas markets nowadays almost always demand coherence and intense interconnection. In this, the example of the company Sipgate has proven that an innovative company can indeed, with the aid of agility, return to its former strength. Through the incorporation of agile methods, the renowned internet and telecommunications provider managed to develop innovation and to consolidate its market position.