Jo Caudron’s view on agility

Jo’s view on agility and how it shapes culture, work processes and methods, and states of mind.

The Agility Effect interviews business and opinion leaders about agility and how it shapes culture, work processes & methods and states of mind.

Founding partner Jo Caudron was number 2 in row for an interview about agility. For Jo, agility is less about methods or processes than about an attitude, driven by a vision and an approach.

Watch the interview as a video below or read a wrap-up.

Read a wrap-up of the interview here:

What is “agility”?

Agility is a way of doing things. For me, agility means how people and people within companies should stand in the world, how they should look at their challenges and face solutions.

To be agile, it is a goal in itself or does it respond to specific problems?

It is partly a goal, because it is an attitude. Every company that wants to make it in this fast-changing economy, should have “agility” has a primary part of its DNA.

What are the barriers to agility in a business?

Willingness is key. If the willingness is there, you do not even have to learn the method, you will do it yourself. If you do not have the willingness, then whatever process you implement, whatever tool you use, you will not learn to be agile.

What are the propagation factors? The accelerators?

The leadership needs to really believe in it, the teams below the leadership needs to believe in it. If so, this will start to work for itself, people will be convinced, they will believe that agility, flexibility and responsiveness is the way to go for the future.

Willingness is key! If the willingness is there, you do not even have to learn the method, you will do it yourself!

Who are the agile personalities or agile compagnies that inspire you?

So many companies, from google and facebook and to so many others, who, even if they might be big today, started with a small team of people, doing things in an agile way.

What lessons have you learned from your many experiences?

Just keep on going, even if you fail. Try again, fail again, eventually you will succeed.

What are the brakes you have identified for entrepreneurship? To agility?

From the crazy entrepreneur with a crazy idea to the established manager, a lot of people fail. Why? Because they don’t see that they need to evolve along the way.

You advise and accompany companies in their digital transformation? Who are the most agile: customers or consultants?

New generations of small consultancy firms entering the market with there new, often more agile, methods. I should hope that my firm, Duval Union Consulting, works like that. When we look at the big existing consulting companies, they are often as inert as the big corporates they work for.

Just keep on going, even if you fail. Try again, fail again, eventually you will succeed.

As a digital specialist, what is your appreciation of the level of digital transformation in Europe and around the world?

In general, there’s more creativity and start-up energy in other regions, such as the US. But when you look at the clients’ side, the companies that have to transform, I think we’re all too slow. We might have more challengers in certain regions, but the incumbents all face the same risks with regards to transforming.

Source: https://www.theagilityeffect.com/en/leaders/2-jo-caudron-founding-partner-duval-union-consulting/

Watch the interview here:

By | 2017-05-08T10:59:37+00:00 May 8th, 2017|

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