Just when you think your company is Agile enough

“Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react and reinvent….” Bill Gates

It’s not hard to see why business agility is important; the better, faster and more dynamic you are as a company the more productive you will be. Business agility means just that – How agile your business can actually be. This also looks at how you approach adjustments within your company or how quickly you respond to issues that arise.

A company that doesn’t operate with agility, runs the risk of failing to keep up with the ongoing changes in your organization and the market and this means falling behind your competition.

To operate your business with agility and optimize your operations you should:

1. Keep up with current trends

Work hard and make time to keep up with the current and changing trends in you sector. Closely monitor trends and changes in the company's business environment (a site like www.owler.com can be really helpful). Keep data about your key performance indicators (KPIs) at your fingertips so you will quickly notice any developments in your business. With this information you will be able to adapt and change your practices and even

2. Adopting new technologies

When your customers are demanding new products or services, your entire team (all departments or groups) need to work together to come up with solutions – fast! Nearly every day we hear about a new company that has come out with a new tool or product, this is no reason to be alarmed but you need to learn to identify a new trend or technology and try to make it work to your advantage.

3. Have a Contingency plan

One of the most important things for an organization is to be ready for anything!

Having a contingency plan means that you have a “just in case plan” for any scenario that might happen to your company or to the market. This will allow you to respond as fast as possible to these situations and ensure you come out on top. Don't wait for a disaster to happen before designing and implementing a contingency plan. Be proactive and put a plan in place even though you might not ever need it.