AgileByExample 2018

Stephen Parry

Stephen Parry is an international leader and organisational change architect, designing and creating adaptive organisations and cultures. He has a world-class reputation for passionate leadership and corporate transformation by changing the way employees, managers and leaders approach their businesses and their customers. He is the CEO of Lloyd Parry International, a consulting group creating Lean and Agile Adaptive Businesses.

He is the author of Sense and Respond: The Journey to Customer Purpose (Palgrave MacMillan), a highly regarded book written as a follow-up to his award-winning organisational transformations, especially his work at Fujitsu Services which created a new approach to outsourcing propositions.  His change work was recognised when he received a National Business Award for Best Customer Service Strategy for demonstrating an entire change in business culture.

Stephen was recognised when his approach received awards from the European Service Industry for the Best People Development Programme and a personal award for Innovation and Creativity. His clients include many global corporations in technology related companies, such as SAP, British Telecom, and Amadeus. In addition, Lloyd Parry International works with technology and organisational related change in financial services, software development, IT and Cloud outsourcing, and IT/Cloud government shared services.

The Chameleon Effect

Bold visions and harsh realities require new forms of Agility and Adaptability.

Business agility is rooted in the leadership style, the work design, work-climate and people development. Unlike traditional organisations that define themselves by the products or services they produce, agile and adaptive organisations define themselves by the value they create which leaves them free to develop new and innovative products and services. This requires structures, practices and people that can continually sense and respond to the most appropriate emerging customer needs before your competitors do.

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Workshop— Breaking through the culture barrier

The main purpose of business agility is to increase a business’s responsiveness to the marketplace, create differentiation, increase competitiveness and ensure long-term profitability.

An agile and adaptive business is based on the ingenuity, creativity and willing contribution of staff. Without that level of employee engagement, it doesn’t work. It’s not the tools; it’s a way of building a culture where constant improvement comes from the right combination of work-structures and people dynamics.

While many concentrate on the day-to-day activities of Agile and other practices, it’s important to understand the impact culture has on the ability of the business to respond to continuous disruptive change. Its even more important that managers understand how to foster a new type of adaptive work environment.

Working with several universities, Lloyd Parry International’s research has identified the critical components that lead to an adaptive culture, work design and business learning structures: common purpose, system mechanics, people dynamics and big-picture collaboration.

In our workshop, we will outline concepts, ideas and methods you can try back in the workplace:
* Defining a new common purpose.
* Understanding the Mechanics and Dynamics of an Adaptive Business.
* Visualising and measuring the business.
* Big-Picture Collaboration.
* Creating a productive, innovative and engaging workplace.