The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades. – John P. Kotter

Organisations operate in markets where technology, social trends, and economies change continuously and without warning. This makes predicting all the changes that will affect your business in 2015 near to impossible.

If you want to deal with all the changes that will affect your organisation, it is important to be (strategically) agile. Changing when markets change. Strategically agile organisations grab more opportunities and have proven to be better at dealing with continuously changing markets.

Boost the start of 2015 with these 4 practical tips towards more agility:

1. Perceive latent changes

2015 needs entrepreneurs to deal with a lot of unpredictable changes. Not recognizing the need for change is fatal. So developing antennas to perceive changes in an early stage is important. Customers, colleagues and competitors are the most important sources to identify potential changes. Staying ahead in the competition requires adequate action to turn changes into new business opportunities.

2. Company DNA

Companies who capitalize opportunities quickly and effectively are characterized by lean-and-mean decision making. Leaders and small teams make their decisions based on the right mix of knowledge and intuition. They also have a high velocity of starting something new or stop with something old. Embedding this way of decision making in your company DNA is an important step towards more agility.

3. Bring IT back to life

Gartner listed the need for a dynamic IT landscape as 1 of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 (source). Reacting on changing circumstances requires dynamic applications. The latest generation of model driven software development platforms lowers the threshold for companies to create and maintain flexible business applications. Without completely restructuring the IT landscape.

4. The team will make it happen

Grabbing opportunities gets within reach fast when organisations work bottom-up. With small teams that have the authority to make their own decisions. Limited bureaucracy and the speed of trust will do rest. Lets make it happen!

These 4 practical tips are ready to incorporate in your day to day business. They don’t need structural changes in the way your company is organised. It all starts with your mindset and behavior in management.

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