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Business agility is a company’s ability to adapt to a changing situation while still maintaining its vision. Agility is the idea that your business plan will not lose momentum even when there are internal and external changes both within and outside of your control. Business agility is important for any company that wants to be around for the long haul. Keep reading to learn more from BambooHR about how to be agile in your own business.
A question you might find yourself asking is “Why do we need agility in business?” Or maybe you are still wondering simply, “What is business agility?” Let’s break it back down: business agility is important for a company because it is more than simply being able to adapt to change; it is also being able to anticipate possible change in the future, and being proactive toward that future change.
You need agility in business because if you are not watching for changes in your market, you risk falling behind your competition. By anticipating change you are able to stay ahead of the curve and stand out in your own market. Being agile in business benefits your company and your customers at the same time. Business agility mostly means you are striving to put your clients and customers first. When you anticipate the market you can provide the best possible service to your clients.
Being agile in business is simply paying attention to market changes and then creating plans to respond to changes. A great way to learn how to be agile in your business is by looking at some business agility examples. A good example of the need for business agility is a new technology entering a market and completely changing how something is used, such as the iPad and touchscreen technology.
After Apple released their tablet, suddenly touchscreens became the must-have technology in electronics. To stay competitive tech companies had to add touchscreen technology to their own products and adapt the way they did business, or risk becoming irrelevant in the marketplace. These other tech companies were able to implement touchscreens into their products because they had some sort of business agility plan or business agility manifesto.
Your business’s ability to be agile applies to nearly every aspect of the company. Leadership needs to be able to see upcoming changes in a marketplace and then organize the company to make the necessary plans to adapt to the changes. Then it is up to the rest of the business to implement those plans in a fast and efficient manner in order to stay ahead of the market. Business agility takes time and planning. However it is not just a good idea, it is the way businesses are able to survive long-term.
A company’s ability to be agile in business is based in their ability to organize themselves. The term “organizational agility” and “business agility” are nearly interchangeable. Staying organized is the only way that you can be fully agile in business. Organizational agility is directly related to how well your business will adapt to change.
Let’s go back to our touchscreen technology example. If a company was unable to properly organize themselves to start adding touchscreens to their products, then they would have vanished from their own market. Whether a new competitor appears, the overall market shifts, or technology changes, a company’s organizational agility is key to surviving in a market, gaining new business, and keeping the clients and customers they already have.
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