Improve your company culture, focus on agility

Agile work is only possible in a company culture that values freedom, ownership, collaboration, and customer focus. It is up to you as an agile leader to envision, shape and keep improving this optimal, agile culture. Read more about ‘agile culture’ and discover how to get your people on board for this ambitious cultural change.

The culture in your company and departments is not about tangible things like meetings, numbers, and goals. Instead, it is about unwritten rules, such as values and habits.

Do you want to change this fundamentally, so the culture suits the strategy of your company and the wishes of your customers? If so, then you need to do more than setting ambitious goals and giving teams more freedom. Discover how to make the transition to a new culture as an agile leader.

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Facilitate agility

An agile culture is essential for an agile company. A company that responds quickly to new technologies, legislation, and regulations. And reacts quickly to competition and opportunities in the market. This agility has to do with leadership and the organizational structure. And the basis for this is established in the culture of the organization.

Traditional vs. agile

This agility has become vital. Because today’s product or service does not fit tomorrow’s challenge. But the challenges of tomorrow are unknown and unpredictable. So, the solutions your organization offers must be flexible and agile. The traditional motto ‘a well thought-out plan is solid as a rock’ no longer applies. A new culture with a different attitude is needed: ‘It is okay if a plan is adapted to the latest insights during implementation’.

We visualize the difference between the two cultures in the book ‘Agile DNA’ as follows:

Working on your company culture

Your company culture does not change overnight. You build it with a concrete cultural vision, by making conscious choices and by getting your people to embrace this new company culture. It is not about small aspects such as post-its, happiness metrics, or the degree of autonomy. It is about a real change. So your culture matches your strategy and the expectations of your customers.

How do you shape the culture of your organization concretely? A habit matrix can help you achieve this.

Habit matrix

Habits are an important part of your company culture. But which habits are important exactly? It’s difficult to put your finger on it. Therefore, it is better to start with long-term effects of unhealthy habits. And then investigate exactly which unhealthy habits exist in your organization. You can do this with a habit matrix. This matrix helps you brainstorm and design new, healthy habits.

Together with your team

ZHave you noticed that the culture in your organization is not yet aligned with the agile way of working and the strategic pillars? Then it is important to work on this together with your team. Re-lead helps you with this. Please contact us for more information.

Agile Leadership: unlock the passion, drive, liveliness and ownership of your teams. So they can unlock awesome customer value.

Peter Koning Snapshot Coach Agile Leadership
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