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The Agile Organization

The Agile Organization

How to Build an Innovative, Sustainable and Resilient Business

Linda Holbeche

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Bring about rapid change, performance and innovation while keeping employees 'on board' and engaged with this practical guide.

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About the book

Given today's context of tough change, organizations need to be able to innovate as well as develop and implement strategy quickly and efficiently. The key to this is agility - a set of capabilities that can help organizations to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances. At the same time, resilience is also essential if benefits are going to endure over the longer term and if employees are to be kept on board. The Agile Organization focuses on how to build both agility and resilience at individual, team and organizational levels. It draws on a wealth of research, including the lived experience and learning of managers and HR and organization development (OD) professionals to show how it is possible to 'square the circle', becoming more sustainably agile while also enhancing employee engagement and resilience.

The Agile Organization showcases the latest thinking - new organizational models, ground-breaking themes and case studies - that illustrate how organizations are addressing the challenge of developing organizational agility. Packed with helpful checklists and practice pointers, this book is a 'go to' guide for senior leaders and managers, HR and OD specialists who want to help bring about organizational transformation and create the new resiliently agile 'business as usual'.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Why go agile?;
    • Chapter - 02: Why are agility and resilience so elusive?;
    • Chapter - 03: The resiliently agile organization;
    • Chapter - 04: Agile strategizing;
    • Chapter - 05: Agile implementation;
    • Chapter - 06: HR’s role in building a high-performance work climate;
    • Chapter - 07: Agile linkages;
    • Chapter - 08: Agile people processes;
    • Chapter - 09: Nurturing employee engagement and resilience;
    • Chapter - 10: Change and transformation;
    • Chapter - 11: Building a change-able culture;
    • Chapter - 12: Agile leadership


In a fast changing and uncertain world, agility and resilience are the critical capabilities for organisations to be able to respond and adapt. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the many factors that impact agility, from mindset and culture, leadership and engagement, to operating models, skills, practices and processes. A great read for leaders, managers and practitioners.
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749471316
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd June 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x158
  • 288 pages

About the Author

Dr Linda Holbeche is a developer, consultant, researcher and coach in the fields of leadership, strategy, HR development, change management and organization design and development. She is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London and a Visiting Professor at City University's Cass Business School, at the University of Derby, and at London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law where she is Co-Director of the Centre for Progressive Leadership. She is also an Honorary Fellow at Roffey Park and the Institute for Employment Studies.

Linda Holbeche