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In a recent CEO study, based on interviews with over 1,500 CEO’s worldwide, two primary themes emerged that had not appeared in previous surveys. The first theme was managing complexity and the second was developing the creative capacity in the organization to innovate; both in response to ever shifting marketplace demands, in a world of escalating turbulence.

The term leadership agility is a quick way to describe the individual, team and organisational capability and capacity to access and utilise a suitably diverse range of connected relationships, knowledge and expertise for achieving three things:  

  1. Noticing and understanding the implications for everyone of changes in the business context (internal and external)  
  2. Communicating and using that understanding in a way that enables others to innovate and adapt appropriately, thereby maintaining performance levels during change  
  3. Delivering sustainable performance improvements by embedding the capacity to change (dynamically), into a work culture and operating system where agile leadership is continuously practiced  

The 12 leadership agility practices are learned capabilities that require extensive exposure to and practice in a broad variety of experiences where influencing others is key; supported by reflection and personal coaching/team facilitation, producing a level of emotional and mental resilience to change in the learner and by extension those who they manage and coach, that develops through continued application over time.  We know that it is possible to fast track this elusive capability by focusing on which of the practices the business needs at any particular part of the change cycle.

New Zealand Management Magazine article.

This magazine article appeared in Management Magazine.

Article in the Independent - Dithering is good

Article that appeared in the New Zealand Herald.

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  • I highly recommend this training to anyone wising to improve what should be considered a basic life skill in our ever changing world. Applicable to even the smallest of companies and certainly at an individual level.”Applicable to even the smallest of companies and certainly at an individual level. Skip NovakManaging Director - Pelagic Expeditions Ltd
  • The Leadership Agility practices have enabled me to take the first steps towards instilling a culture of leadership at all levels of our organisation by providing a clear and simple framework with which to identify the appropriate behaviors and desired outcomes from the application of each of the practices. Further, the program clearly outlines the consequences of a deficiency in each practice.” It’s the perfect system to enable people to develop their strengths as a leader and also to identify and improve upon their weaknesses as a leader, no matter their role or level of authority. Cathy MayGeneral Manager - Dental Partners
  • I have implemented the leadership agility framework into two multi-million dollar no-for-profit organisations. If you are part of an organisation that is looking for a solution to improve employee engagement improve decision making, and seeking to direct your organisation to be a market leader, Dr Aitkens Leadership Agility framework is the first step you should consider implementing to make lasting and positive change.” Rachael CowanFinance and Operations Consultant - Gateway Baptist Church
  • MLA is a leadership and organisational development framework based on a review of over 50 years of change leadership research, which operationalises the daily leadership practices critical for creating a knowledgeable and ultimately innovative and sustainable organisation, in a fast changing and competitive business environment. I have implemented MLA practices as part of my division staff training and development program, and it has proven to be a success, resulting in a more harmonious relationships within working teams and groups, by creating knowledge sharing, learning and engagement across the division and for self-leadership. Agnes SngGeneral Manager - Raymond Weil & Vulcain S.E. ASIA - MELCHERS
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