I came across this article amongst all the stuff in my Google Reader – Agility – The Skill You Want to Develop in 2010.
I have not read a lot that caught my attention from this blog in the past. But there are a couple of things from this article I think are relevant.
- The Centre for Resilience model I posted on this week is one of many that highlight the need for an agile response as a key feature of resilience.
- The post suggests that Agility is a skill we need to develop. That is something I agree with, and when looked at that way we cannot hope to be agile unless we practice this skill.
Further the author suggests that we do not know what it means to be agile.
- Like a lot of the concepts in this resilience space the meanings are often varied and unclear.
- Finally it suggests that the essence of agility is being able to do this when you are not able to call the shots.
“Agility is the inclination and ability to shift how we do things, how we manage, how we lead, how we communicate, how we relate …”
Sounds to me like a capability that should be developed. This skill/capability, if properly developed, would be essential in responding to an unexpected event (potentially even a Black Swan event).
A bit like having a Crisis Management Team defined in your Heritage BC Plans, only this one would be functional.
What do you think? Is agility part of the capabilities for an effective response that BCM should build?