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Live Presentation: The Agile Imperative - Creating Focused, Fast and Flexible Organizations in a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) World

  • 21 Aug 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Harrison College: Downtown Campus - 550 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


  • August only special: Bring a non-member for FREE. If they register as a member, you'll receive one program registration for free.

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The Agile imperative: Creating Focused, Fast and Flexible Organizations in a V.U.C.A. World

Today’s business landscape is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA)—demanding that you become focused, fast and flexible. This high-energy, interactive session will explore the topic of agility, giving participants an immediately applicable model for dealing with their VUCA environments at the strategic, team and individual-leader levels. With examples from the boardroom to Afghanistan, this session will deliver specific best practices and tools to increase your effectiveness as a strategic leader in the domains of talent development, human resources and general management.

This session will include the elements below, in the order described:


1. The Agile Imperative

-    Brief introduction to the concepts of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity

-    Introduction of The VUCA Report™ and sharing of results (pending availability)

-    Definition of agility and why it matters


2. The Agile Model®

-     Overview of what has become a best practice for organizations and leaders trying to become more focused, fast and flexible

-    Identification of the five drivers of agility


3. Assessment of Leader, Team and

    Organizational Agility

-    Individual exercise to audit one’s own agility

-     Group activity to compare and contrast strengths and weaknesses


4. Visioning Exercise

-     Using the self-assessment just completed, participants will create an agile vision statement and individual development plan to increase their own agility

-    Discussion and exercise to expand these

development plans to include teams and the organization

5. Agility Action Teams

-    Overview of how to manage organizational change in an agile way

-    Examples of real organizations in which this has succeeded


6. Where to Start and Next Steps

-    Practical guidance on best places to start as a leader to increase agility

-    Discussion of the agile mindset and culture


7. Questions, Answers, and Discussion

By involvement in this session, participants will be able to:


1.        Forge a direct link between their work as talent development professionals and  strategy by analyzing the business environment
2.        Assess the basic drivers of agility to improve the ability of leaders, teams and organizations to be focused, fast and flexible
3.        Harness the power of agility action teams to manage organizational change
4.        Describe the five elements of The Agile Model® and how applies to their role as an individual leader
5.        Identify action steps for becoming a more agile leader and organization

Meet our Presenter - Ben Baran

Ben Baran is probably one of the only people in the world who is equally comfortable in a university classroom, a corporate boardroom and in full body armor carrying a U.S. government- issued M4 assault rifle.


Ben is an award-winning business professor at Northern Kentucky University, where he teaches and studies leadership and organizational change. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Psychology.


Ben delivers consulting solutions to organizations across a wide range of industries and sectors. He holds certifications as a Senior Professional

in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified

Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management. Ben is a senior fellow of The

Strategic Agility Institute, a global collaborative dedicated to producing and communicating knowledge related to leadership, team and organizational agility. He is also a principal in the management consultancy Agility Consulting and Training LLC, in which he leads the firm’s Agility Analytics practice.

Registration begins at: 7:30am
Program begins at : 8:00am 

Members - $25.00
Non-Members - $35.00

Space is limited, so register today!

Please note: Registrations not paid in advance of the event will be invoiced unless a cancellation is received at least 2 business days prior to the event.


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