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09 May 2024 | Posted by angela.tuduri

Capability, willingness and cultural change | How agile methods transform organizations

Agility in the Enterprise: Keys to Success according to Xavier Albaladejo and Jaume Gurt

Xavier Albaladejo, coordinator of the Master in Agile Methods at La Salle-URL, talks with leadership and culture expert Jaume Gurt, delving into the concepts of agility, capability, willingness and cultural change as fundamental pillars for business success in a dynamic and changing environment.  

Read on!  

Agility: A People Centered Approach  

Gurt highlights the importance of agility in today's business landscape, where speed of adaptation and the ability to respond to change are crucial. However, agility is not just about processes and methodologies, but about a culture that puts people at the center.  

Agility connects the business world with people” Jaume Gurt  

Culture and agility: a symbiotic relationship   

The interview highlights the importance of organizational culture. Implementing agility is not just a matter of processes, but of a profound cultural change. Mindset and culture are the main obstacles to transformation, according to Gurt. It takes a shift in attitude and aptitude to change these paradigms.  

It's a change of approach where people are the engine of change and innovation.” Jaume Gurt  

Leadership and cultural transformation  

Transforming organizational culture requires working with leadership. Transparency, trust and consistency are key pillars. Leaders must be aware of human nature and foster individual enthusiasm as a basis for connecting with others.  

Transforming culture through personal development  

Gurt proposes two ways to transform culture:   

  • The environment  

  • The people  

Adapting to changes in the workspace is critical. But true transformation is achieved by preparing people through spiritual awareness, whether through master's programs or experiences such as attending a concert. In turn, a simple book or sharing knowledge can also be drivers of change.  

The power of sharing and connecting  

  • Sharing knowledge: The exchange of ideas and experiences can generate a multiplier effect, fostering reflection and personal growth in an environment of trust and mutual support.  

  • Creating learning communities: Creating spaces where people can share their knowledge, experiences and challenges related to personal development can enhance collective learning and individual growth.  

Overcoming Cultural Barriers: The Key to Sustainable Transformation  

Cultural change presents itself as a fundamental challenge in the implementation of agility. Gurt defines it as the “big barrier” to major transformations. To overcome it, it is necessary to modify pre-established mindsets and beliefs, going beyond the simple implementation of tools or methodologies.  

An experimental approach is needed” Jaume Gurt 

Agility as a Results Driver  

Agility should not only be seen as a cultural change, but as a strategy with tangible business benefits. Gurt emphasizes the need to demonstrate how an agile, people-centric culture can translate directly into concrete results, such as:  

  • Increased innovation: Agility fosters creativity and collaboration, enabling companies to develop novel solutions and adapt to changing market needs.  

  • Improved employee well-being: An agile and collaborative work environment generates greater employee satisfaction and motivation, which translates into better performance and lower employee turnover.  

  • Tangible business results: Agility enables companies to make faster and more efficient decisions, improve project management and reduce costs.  

Work with pilot teams, measure indicators and compare results to build credibility and demonstrate the effectiveness of the transformation.” Jaume Gurt 

Agility as a Strategy for Business Success  

The interview between Albaladejo and Gurt provides an in-depth and practical look at agility as a fundamental strategy for business success in a changing world.  

By putting people at the center, overcoming cultural barriers and aligning agility with business goals, organizations can achieve sustainable transformation and thrive in a dynamic environment.  

The interview ends with an optimistic message. Relying on people awareness is key to achieving dreams. Organizations that invest in conscious people are best positioned for success in the future. 




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