‘Agility is all the rage’ in today’s workforce, according to Leo Tilman and Charles Jacoby, authors of Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption.
“As the Fourth Industrial Revolution barrels forward and the pace of change accelerates, this quality has become widely viewed as a key to long-term survival, performance, and relevance for any organisation. Agility is not some mystical innate quality borne out of fast reflexes and superior intuition, but rather a core competency that can be deliberately developed and relentlessly nurtured at any organisation.”
Forbes’ Steve Dunne also calls out the importance of organisational agility for being top-of-mind throughout 2019, particularly as organisations have to learn how to react to uncertain market conditions when change is the only constant.
Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka’s Human Resources Director, Ms. Dinusha Jayamanne agrees, stating that for an organisation to be future-ready and able to respond to the challenges of constant change, it is crucial to nurture and recognise agility in the leaders that drive the business.
Employees across the dairy supply chain were in the running for honours as part of Fonterra’s Infinity Awards 2019, held recently to recognise inspiring and emerging leaders, amongst 50 other top performing individuals and teams.
Dinusha reveals that post the initial nomination and scoring process, a day-long presentation round for all finalists is overseen by the entire leadership team. For the company’s Inspiring and Emerging leadership categories, a record number of nominations had been submitted.
“Today we have two great success stories of our award-winning leaders, both of whom have demonstrated and nurtured agility in their own authentic ways.”
“Choosing from many strong nominations across the organisation was very tough – but it was great to see the passion in which people were spoken about and everyone’s appreciation of our people leaders,” she said.
“Through this recognition process it’s been very rewarding for me to see the transformation and capability building journey our people have taken and how it has resulted in an immense lift to our talent pool.”