Thinking on Your Feet: The Importance of Agility Outside of the Workplace

If there’s a consistent message that’s been all over the business news the past few months, it’s this: organizations all over the world have had to make dramatic changes to existing strategies, tactical plans and processes to respond and adapt to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and its aftermath.

Companies that have been pivoting – both in terms of speed and breadth – have been more resilient during these challenging times.

Transcending Our Personal Lives: The Applicability of Agility

The concept and practice of agility isn’t only confined to the workplace.

When you stop to think about it, most of us are faced with changes on a consistent basis. In fact, if our current lifestyles are reflective of anything, it’s that the pace will most likely not slow down – which will, in effect, bring about more change.

So what does that mean, exactly? That the best way to cope and thrive in ever-changing conditions is to be able to pivot through agile thinking and agile behavior. As far as its applicability is concerned, it might be better to think of it this way: it’s both universal and timeless.

Agile Thinking and Agile Actions: The Key to Demonstrating Resilience

By definition,“personal agility is designed to enable you to reflect on your goals and intentions at regular intervals so you can ensure that you are doing the right things first and you can stop working when additional work brings no further benefit.”

As such, working on your personal agility not only will positively reinforce brain functions, it also will help you strengthen two key life skills: problem-solving and decision-making.

Driving Personal Agility: Tips and Tricks

Although the list below is not exhaustive, here are some recommendations that experts have provided to help people tap into and drive their personal agility. We feel these are low-commitment, and therefore easier to adopt and apply:

• Learn new skills and expand your existing skill set. Studies show that upskilling and cross-skilling has been on the rise for years.
• Apply scrum review sessions: carve out time for reviewing self-improvement tactics on a regular basis. This may include meeting with a life coach, mentor, or manager.
• Celebrate all your wins, no matter how small. This sense of achievement will keep you motivated.
• Always try new things (e.g. classes, hobbies, etc.)
• Leverage visualization or project management tools such as priorities maps.

Looking Ahead

Most of these tips don’t require a lot of pre-work. With an open mind and can-do attitude, you’ll have tackled half of your challenges from the get-go. While the future can at times appear to be uncertain or daunting, preparing for change can and will take you far.

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About Farhana Ahmad

Farhana Ahmad is a Content Marketing Manager at Intelex Technologies. With over 15 years of experience in key industries, she is a customer-focused professional specializing in delivering best-in-class Marketing and Content strategies and programs. Her degree in Environmental Science complements her marketing know-how, allowing her to incorporate her academic knowledge to the real-world applicability of the EHSQ space in general and Intelex in particular.

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