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Explore the 3 Steps to Build an Agile-friendly C-suite

The C-Suite or C-Level executives of organizations are powerful enough to shape and influence a refined work culture. However, at the time of adopting agility, many prefer to remain at the backseat.

In this article at Forbes, the author explains that in a bid to transform and respond to fast-changing market conditions, it is the duty of the C-Suite executives to remain at the forefront of agile adoption. Adaptability to change is tough, but it is the best formula to increase annual revenue and customer preference.

An Eye Opener

As per a recent Forbes Insights survey, the C-suite executives play a strong role in integrating and driving agile adoption. Still, 35 percent of over 1,000 executives surveyed held CEO responsible for organizational agility while 87 percent consider the CEO as the biggest protagonist of agility. If this is the real picture, then why do the C-level executives prefer to collaborate with business line leaders for organizational agility? To find the answer, build an Agile-friendly C-suite first. Here are three steps to it:

  1. Practice What You Preach: Success or failure of Agile transformation is highly dependent on the actions of C-level executives. It is crucial for the leaders to take ownership of their decision of Agile transformation. Nevertheless, they must lead the change daily through their every action.
  2. Crack the Success Code: There are a range of workshops, coaching and training modules available online to help C-level executives learn Agile principles. If they bring an effective Agile coach onboard, he can also teach them what will be the best fit for their organization’s agile transition. Together, executives can work with employees on piloting agile projects that gradually implement the agile mindset.
  3. A Team-Based Strategy: Breaking conventional norms to build an Agile-friendly C-suite is the best way opted by many Agile organizations. Adopt a collaborative, team-based CEO approach with three senior leaders representing key functional areas to draw staff leadership teams into board conversations. The approach will help in building trust, transparency, and openness to create a unique leadership team.

Click on the following link to read the original article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-scrumalliance/2018/10/18/3-steps-for-building-an-agile-friendly-c-suite/#3b9cea507ac7

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