Agile Business

We should remember that intellectual complacency is not our friend and that learning - not just new things but new ways of thinking - is a life-long endeavour.

Blair Sheppard; Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership Development, PwC

Agile Business

Let’s face it – the future is very uncertain.

On one hand, things look positive. Humans know more than ever before and science is a wonderful tool to extend our capabilities and to improve our future.

But on the other hand, we are facing some very big challenges. Hopefully, we are emerging from the Covid nightmare, but there are plenty of other problems we still face. There is climate change, the growing global population and its demands on finite resources, economic and political challenges, and the ever-present threat of war. These are very big concerns and if we’re not very careful, these could destroy civilisation as we know it.

How good are people at dealing with challenges like these? Not as good as we imagine. For example, we may have survived Covid, but at what cost? Mental health is a big concern, world trade has suffered, travel has been decimated, and political systems have alienated the populace. Further, the political will to address climate change is largely weak, and powerful nations are spending more of their GDP on weapons.

We seem to be our own worst enemy. Why? Because of short-sighted thinking, an unwillingness to face reality, and the inability to solve persistent problems.

As societies and as businesses we need better leadership and we need to do different things. We need to think in more adaptive ways – ways that will set the odds of long-term survival in our favour. We need agile people working in agile ways in agile organisations.

The time to develop agility is now. Many of the problems we face as humans come about because we are too slow to act. We wait until problems get really bad because we think they cost too much to fix. But letting them get that bad risks our survival. We end up with lots of problems and all of them are bad. That’s how it can all end.

We need to be agile in how we think and act to survive. There is danger in thinking the future will look like the past. We could be facing challenges unlike anything we have ever experienced before – and opportunities too. The time to prepare is now.

Agile Leadership, Agile Business

Agile businesses need agile leaders. Unless leaders are agile people in how they think, process information, create knowledge, and make decisions, they are unlikely to be great leaders in this complex world.

People look to agile leaders for direction, good explanations, clarification, and making sense of the complexity around them.

So, where do you begin?

Why not begin with the hero in you? Download these free articles we wrote on the hero’s journey and think about your strengths and where you need to grow. 

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David Hubbard
David Hubbard
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The Hero's journey has been a great read Dr Steve Barlow, I like that it is also about optimism and potential waiting to be unleashed.
Karen Kirton
Karen Kirton
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Well done in breaking down and exploring the Hero's Journey in this series Steve, it has been really enjoyable to read.
Karen Hillen
Karen Hillen
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I love the idea of the Hero's journey being a journey into yourself. It's really made me think about my journey.
Greg Gunther
Greg Gunther
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Spot on Dr Steve! Heroes are purposeful and focused on turning a real possibility into experienced reality. Just as in business we need to ‘think outside the box’ and turn our weaknesses into opportunities to be explored.
Ricky Pearl
Ricky Pearl
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I love your writing. The Hero's Journey really resonates.
Geoff Wade
Geoff Wade
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Great piece! I love the way you've taken the story, or the old metaphor, and started to dig down into the deeper meanings in the storyline and the characters.
Michael Griffiths
Michael Griffiths
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Love it Steve! What a great explanation, absolutely loved reading it. Will definitely start to create a list with all the things I dream of and the things I don't want to loose.
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