What is agility?


It’s about QUESTIONING everything. Just because you did it that way yesterday doesn’t mean we should do it that way tomorrow. In the Social Age, change is constant. Doing what you always did won’t work anymore. Question everything. It’s a good habit for agility.

LEARNING is constant if you’re agile. If you’re not learning, you’re stagnant, lethargic, stuck. Agile learners reach into their networks and communities to create meaning. They use technology to access knowledge and refine it, filter it, to create meaning.

REFINING is the process of filtering out the meaningless and contextualising the rest. Agile learners and social leaders do this constantly, curating a reputation for quality.

DOING is better than thinking too hard. Agility is about getting stuck in, but constantly refining. It’s an action research mindset, about making mistakes and learning.

MISTAKES are inevitable: organisations that want to be agile need to create permissive environments for us to trip up in as we learn.

EDITING is how we refine our actions, how we make the small changes that make us agile.

NARRATING is core to agility: do it, then reflect on it, then share how you did it.

SHARING everything.

In the Social Age, only the agile will thrive.

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  3. joegergen says:

    Nice points. We forget about how important questioning can be. I think people shrink from the idea sometimes because there are a select few who like to use questioning as accusation, as aggression. Makes people defensive then. We need to teach people how to question without being inflammatory. And as we know with social media too many people hide behind anonymity or distance to troll. So we have to be vigilant.

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  20. A great post – really helped me in a recent project – thanks Julian.

    The permission to make mistakes and the focus on them to show how the jigsaw doesn’t quite fit or fit as well with the mistake left in. By making small adjustments the pieces fit together so much better making a clearer picture.
    The world of work requires agility and this is a great way opt breaking it down so that we can see how to help ourselves.


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