An agile organisation is one that can readily adapt to changing circumstances, rapidly reassess and respond to changing supply and demand situations, and innovate to challenge and change the dynamics of the market places in which they choose to work.  Agile organisations share with their partners, and integrate employees, contractors, customers and suppliers in developing knowledge and skills. They focus on value and outputs and are characterised by trust, delegation and partnership. Above all they understand that “People are the Company” and embrace this fact.

The mature, regulated, socially responsible western economies today face unregulated “tiger economies” in increasingly competitive Global market places. This coupled with the current financial crisis means that  all organisations, public and private alike,  face unprecedented tough economic pressures and challenges.  However, the pace, unpredictability and scale of change is the greatest challenge for organisations  today, and this makes the focus on corporate agility paramount. Organisations must become agile – work, think and operate in agile ways – if they are to survive and thrive in the current challenging environment.

The Agile Agenda
Views work as an activity not a place,
Focuses on performance not presenteeism,
Creates trust based relationships not hierarchies,
Embraces innovation rather than bureaucracy, and
Values people more than property.

  Paul Allsopp, The Agile Organisation.

Elements of this article reproduced by The Guardian newspaper 18th September 2010: