February 2016

“Designing an agile organization”, a videocast program by Christopher Worley

The environment is expecting companies to change in radical, fundamental ways, almost every day. The problem that most organizations face today is that their capability to change is not equal to the pace of change in the environment.

How can your company respond to the requirements of the modern world?

In this insightful collection of videocasts, Christopher Worley explains how companies that possess a quiet agility are most likely to adapt and respond to a changing marketplace so that they can continue to grow. Chris reveals the factors that drive long-term profitability based on the practices of successful companies that have consistently outperformed their peers.

This collection is an excellent way for leaders and organizations to think about how best to build the capabilities necessary to manage change in the future.

Christopher G. Worley is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Strategy Director for the Center of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness (CLEO) at NEOMA Business School in France. He is also a senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California.

Designing an agile organization: 13 inspiring videocasts

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The training program in detail:

Each Videocast is available in 7 languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Portuguese and Italian.

Why sustainable effectiveness and why now?

The world is demanding more and more of organizations. Being financially viable is no longer enough. Chris Worley explains why, in our turbulent times, organizations have no choice but to address the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

There is no such thing as sustainability without agility

There is no such thing as sustainability without agility. Chris Worley helps you find out why, in a world as fast-changing as this one, the very notion of sustaining something – performance, innovation, even your carbon footprint – requires your organization to change and adapt.

Agility and strategic thinking

Is your organization built and structured to find, capture and process radical new product and service ideas not once but routinely? What information-sharing practices does your organization have and are they being used in the right way to circulate information throughout the company? Chris Worley encourages you to think about the kind of changes you need to make to your systems so that you become more adaptable as an organization.

We want to be just like Google

If you want Google’s performance – innovation, profitability, reputation – then you need to think differently and not just try to imitate a company that is not the same as your own. Chris Worley’s advice will help you understand why, if you want to be effective, you have to focus on what is different, unique or special about you.

Change management, as we know it, is dead

Change management, as we know it, is obsolete. In this videocast, Chris Worley stresses the importance of accepting change as a never-ending routine that needs to be practiced and learned.

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Knowing who you are as an organization is an important determinant of your ability to change and thrive over time. In this videocast, Chris Worley explains the importance for your company to be genuinely aligned with its culture and identity.

Agile organizations are not perfect

Agile organizations are not perfect organizations. This may seem like a paradox, but the fact that they are not perfect is precisely what makes them interesting. Using a case study about Nokia, Chris Worley gives a powerful insight into why, instead of stigmatizing themselves, organizations should treat mistakes as a learning opportunity.

Thinking ahead, imagining ahead

Organizations that think about possible future scenarios are better prepared to tackle those scenarios head-on when they come. In this videocast, Chris Worley helps us understand the importance of anticipation in organizational design.

Sustainable work structures: dumping the job description

How is work assigned in your organization? Using the Nike case, as an illustration, Chris Worley explains why agile organizations assign workaround activities, not jobs.

Who’s on board?

When the board of a company is mostly made up of financial shareholders, the organization tends to focus on economic issues. In this videocast, Chris Worley explains why, if you want your organization to concentrate on a broader range of outcomes, it is essential that the board is made up of a similarly wide range of people.

Being an agitator for agility

What can you do today to help your company be more agile? Chris Worley gives you some tips on how to challenge the status quo and position yourself as a leader of change in your organization.

Flexible design: maximizing surface area

How many of your people are responsible for being in touch with the external environment? In this videocast, Chris Worley demonstrates why one of the best ways to increase your organization’s ability to adapt is to get more people involved in whatˈs going on outside the company.

What is agility?

What does your organization do well and what does it need to do better? In this videocast, Chris Worley gives an in-depth explanation of the concept of agility: the ability to change in a timely, effective and sustainable manner when the environment demands it.


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