Many organisations adopt an agile way of working to help foster better innovation, improved efficiency, and deliver value to customers quicker. However, embarking on an agile journey can be daunting, requiring significant investment in culture, processes, and mindset. While it's tempting to focus on large-scale initiatives, it is often that small changes can have a more profound impact on the success of an organisation’s agile journey.

We all want to be part of a high performing team, and organisations are looking to create the elusive environment where high performing teams are the norm. So, what does a high performing team look like and what behaviours should we expect to see?

Accountability is a critical component of organisational success, but it must be approached with care and consideration from both the leadership and team perspectives. Leaders must set the tone by establishing clear expectations, providing the proper support, and holding people responsible. Teams, in turn, must take ownership of their work and hold each other accountable while feeling empowered to hold their leaders accountable. 

Just as a village provides diverse role models, teachers, and mentors for a child, a company must create a supportive ecosystem for reskilling and development. Each member of this corporate "village" — from executives to entry-level employees — plays a critical role in fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth. Let's explore...

Imagine a world where change is the only constant, and disruption is the name of the game. Welcome to the future business landscape, where success belongs to organisations that can adapt, evolve, and innovate at lightning speed. In this world, the key to thriving isn't just having the right products or services but a future-fit organisation.

In an era of paradigm shift to skills-based organisations – the core fundamentals of capability haven’t really altered that much, but the way we are approaching it has.

We take a quick look at why the big shift is occurring, and some tried and true practical approaches that can support that shift – without causing even more disruption in the organisation or investing huge volumes of time and energy.

As Leaders and Management professionals, we understand the importance of building a skilled and engaged workforce. However, in our quest to equip our teams, we can sometimes fall into the trap of pigeonholing them by focusing solely on closing perceived skills gaps and neglecting their unique strengths. This one-size-fits-all approach, although more straightforward for the Leader or Manager to classify and assess, can stifle creativity, hinder engagement, and ultimately limit organisational growth.

Here are some tips to help you delve into the art of recognising strengths, expanding skills, and avoiding the trap of pigeon-holing employees.

It has been more than 20 years since the Agile movement was kicked off by the signing of the Agile Manifesto, and ever since that time, people have sought training to understand better the agile mindset and how to apply it. The ability to swiftly respond to change, innovate, and remain resilient in the face of uncertainty is no longer just a competitive advantage—it's a necessity for survival. 

SoftEd offers two courses aimed at equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the agile landscape: Agile Fundamentals and Business Agility Fundamentals. So how do I choose which is right for me?

“Transformation” is both a buzzword and a necessity for organisations today. The rapid pace of change and ongoing disruption means our organisations must be able to adapt and respond to external and internal pressures.

Sometimes this change is an ongoing evolution, adopting a kaizen (continual change for good) approach where many small adaptations result in significant shifts over time. However, sometimes the stakes are too high, the disruption too large and there is no time for the gradual adoption of new practices. 

How do you know which approach to take?

Adaptability isn't just a buzzword; it has transcended the realm of mere desirability; it has become an absolute necessity. In a landscape that constantly shifts and evolves, your ability to adapt is not just a bonus – it's the key to thriving. It's the difference between merely keeping up and being a trailblazer.

Now, you might be wondering, "How do I know if I'm truly adaptable in practice?"

Imagine if your business had a new starter with endless potential, ready to dive into any challenge you throw their way. This isn't just any graduate; it's Generative AI, a technology reshaping the business landscape with its unique capabilities and occasional, well-intentioned missteps.

Embracing the right technology can supercharge our effectiveness and efficiency, turning tasks that used to feel like climbing mountains into a walk in the digital park. However, we'd rather not find ourselves in a situation where the coffee machine holds more sway than the people in the office.

Hold on to your floppy disks (if you can still find them), because amidst this digital circus, it's high time we reminded ourselves that humans are more than just 'Ctrl+C' and 'Ctrl+V' enthusiasts! Let's dive into some of the limitations of technology in the workplace.

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