At the core of an extremely adaptable culture, there are five critical components: Collective Capabilities, Mental Agility, Social Agility, Mobility and the Trivalue Business Models. Collective Capabilities is a new kind of organizational structure where employees belong to multiple areas of the company at the same time, so they're able to create high value for multiple areas while maintaining low-stress levels.
Mental Agility is important so that employees can adapt to new situations, both emotionally and in terms of decision-making. A high level of psychological safety, an understanding of how the brain functions in stressful situations, and a focus on fostering high neuroplasticity all contribute to Mental Agility.
Social Agility is composed of two elements: Enterprise Social Density (ESD) and Enterprise Social Visibility (ESV). Enterprise Social Density refers to the flow of relevant, honest, informal, and effective information in an environment where people feel safe, while Enterprise Social Visibility refers to the ability of employees to passively absorb information from the environment with little effort. These two terms ensure that a healthy and constant flow of information within the enterprise can support timely decisions and be always ready for new and unexpected situations.
Mobility, on the other hand, creates a constant flow of skills and capabilities and is critical in times of market disruption. When market disruption occurs, people tend to demobilize, but a high level of mobility allows workers to remain active and responsive to change. This is where concepts from the M-Leadership framework ("M" from mobility) offer great support to leaders trying to mobilize and engage their employees during difficult times.
Finally, trivalue business models offer an innovative solution for companies to create sustainable value when they are exposed to unpredictable and rapidly changing markets. I'll discuss the concept of Trivalue Companies (TVC) in more detail in future articles.
The first step in leveraging the new models of Enterprise Agility is to understand the importance of each building block and how they work together to create a hyper-flexible and hyper-resilient enterprise. Whether it's rethinking organizational structures, recreating the business model, fostering psychological safety, or investing in employee wellbeing, any company can begin its journey toward Enterprise Agility and thrive in a world of rapid change and uncertainty.
The future belongs to companies that can adapt and change quickly in a sustainable way, and Enterprise Agility is the key to unlocking that potential. Embrace this approach and stay ahead in a world of rapid change and uncertainty.