Agility at a personal level is all about options. It requires flexibility in the way your respond to your environment. Increase your flexibility by:
- a proper preparation (scenario planning);
- a dynamic balance (physically, emotionally and mentally);
- the right focus (specific – overall);
- thinking about possibilities and options;
- using multiple perspectives.
How would you classify the way your team responds to new information and setttings? Proactive or reactive? Reactive teams change their behavior after the environment has changed. Proactive teams visualize the future, define possible scenario’s and influence the environment to prevent changes or to adapt before the change occurs. These questions help a team to a more proactive approach:
- What could possibly happen?;
- How does this influence our objective?;
- How to deal with this?
Many teams feel flexible and agile. The ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions, to refocus and to solve unforeseen problems seems high. The survey also shows that this flexibility creates a downside on the long run: Team members experience high stress levels, lack a feeling of flow and struggle with prioritizing work. Although teams are flexible in the day to day activities they lack team focus and the ability to anticipate to events that might occur on a larger time scale (Source: Ruysdael research on connected leadership).