What Separates the Minority From the Majority?

By Mike Richardson

Our agility as organizations, teams and executives is being tested like never before these days, and we’ve become prone to falling for mythical solutions. Instead, what are the secrets of agility which separate the winners and losers, the victors and victims, and the minority from the majority?

Majority Minority
Getting Overwhelmed Getting Organized
Falling Behind Pulling Ahead
Wondering Why Knowing Why(and what/when/where/how/who)
ordeal and-deal

For the majority, organizational agility is an ordeal. They are increasingly getting overwhelmed, falling behind and wondering why. On the other hand, the minority are increasingly getting organized for agility, are pulling ahead and knowing why — not only knowing why, but also knowing what agility is (and what it is not), when you have it (and when you don’t), where it comes from, how you develop it and who you need to be in the process. At the core, they understand one of the secrets of agility:

For organizational agility to not be an ordeal, it has to be an ‘and-deal’ not an ‘or-deal,’ facilitated by a paradigm shift of focus.

Organizational agility is an “AND” proposition. This is the first of three secrets of organizational agility which we will review, corresponding to the three myths of organizational agility:

Myths Secrets
Loose & Unstructured “AND” Proposition
KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Integration, Alignment, Attunement
Cash is King Flow / Triage / Calm
Amazing Grind Amazing Grace

Executives, teams and organizations that learn, apply and achieve the secrets of agility have “amazing grace.” They are in the minority. Those who continue to subscribe to the myths of agility experience an “amazing grind.” They are in the majority. Follow along in the coming weeks to discover the secrets which separate the minority from the majority.

Sustained success in business is increasingly challenging these days. Being in the minority not the majority starts with understanding the why, what, when, where, how and who of organizational agility. Find out more at In the Driving Seat.
Originally published: Aug 25, 2011

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