Organizational agility is an ability that most organizations can develop. Being agile or nimble will enable a number of benefits for the organization as a whole and also for the individual members. Such organizations are creative and have the capability to bring forth innovations.
Small organizations are entrepreneurial
A small and young organization has an entrepreneurial approach. Its survival and growth depends upon its ability to have quick response to changes in the external environment. Change in consumer preferences, new trends in products and technology and innovations need to be assimilated on a continuous basis. In other words its ‘absorptive capacity’ must be at its peak.
Large organizations develop inertia
Over a period of time organizations grow large and old. Its ideas, behavior and policies become rigid, highly structured and fixed. They lose their ability to change and to accept new concepts and thoughts. Gradually all channels and sources of knowledge and information dry-up. Silos come up and inflexibility creeps in. Boundarylessness as defined by Jack Welch ceases. Such organizations are not ‘built- to-last’.
There are a number of measures that may prevent ‘organizational ageing’. The same principle works for us humans too. I intend discussing one.
New ideas and creativity germinate in young minds easily. However older folks who remain physically fit and young in their minds also possess similar characteristics. Added to it they have the benefit of experience too.
Similarly a large organization too can recapture its entrepreneurial ability and become agile again. This way it enjoys the advantage of size and scale as well as the ability to respond fast to the changes in the environment.
‘Neoteny’ the word comes from the Greek neos (meaning ‘youthful’). Such organizations have great positive energy as they do not become breeding grounds for negative emotions. For this organizations will need to develop a culture of youthfulness.
Healthy mind in a healthy body
Sports, wellness programs, music, arts, yoga and pranayam are excellent ways to remain youthful, energetic and enthusiast.
The organizational philosophy and beliefs hinge on ‘sportsmanship’ and team spirit. Creativity and innovations then become natural outcomes of the organization. Choose your sport all are good – tennis, squash or Golf. Golf now is a passion in the corporate world. Or just go trek, hike or jog. Just savor nature and enjoy.
“Without peace of mind, life is just a shadow of its possibilities” — Jean Borysenko