We’re living in an age of accelerating disruption, with profound changes brought on by digitization and other societal changes. Companies are responding by rethinking their business models, redesigning their organisations and adopting agile-management practices.
With development of your inner agility you’ll have a more comfortable and creative relationship with uncertainty. Building inner agility means learning how to relax at times of uncertainty, and paying attention to the subtle clues in our environment and in how we experience the moment.
In the March 2018 McKinsey Quarterly article, ‘Leading with Inner Agility’, authors Sam Bourton, Johanne Lavoie, and Tiffany Vogel discuss the need for transformational leadership to address complex problems in disruptive times. Here are some highlights from the article:
- Pause to move faster
Step away from the day-to-day work routine and our usual way of thinking.
- Embrace your ignorance
Seek out others to get more information (including your subordinates, frontline staff, suppliers, etc.).
- Radically re-frame the question
Realise your previous assumptions, take on board the new information, and come up with a new perspective.
- Set direction, not destination
Give people the context/reasoning for the direction, and then empower them to be part of the journey towards your vision.
- Test your solutions and yourself
Use small, quick trials/tests to experiment, fail and learn, then try again before expanding the solution.