Building adaptable organisations

In Adaptable Anna Hedlund and I share our experience on how leaders and managers can and should build organisations that are able to quickly and sustainably adapt to unprecedented change, complexity and ambiguity.

Our perspectives are both influenced by our individual and shared experiences working with organisations to achieve challenging business goals and improvements as well as other people’s experience and research.

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6. Inclusive Leadership

Without people no organisation would exist or function. How leaders in an organisation perceive and treat its people has a direct effect on what it can achieve. Anecdotally companies with a people positive view are finding that their employees are highly engaged and bringing their best effort. To large extent the concept of being People Positive is foundational to things we’ve talked about in previous episodes. In this episode we talk about what it means to be people positive by sharing several concrete examples. 

Our sources for the research and traits can be found in the following articles.
Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations – HBR article
The Key to Inclusive Leadership – HBR article

5. People Positive organisations

Without people no organisation would exist or function. How leaders in an organisation perceive and treat its people has a direct effect on what it can achieve. Anecdotally companies with a people positive view are finding that their employees are highly engaged and bringing their best effort. To large extent the concept of being People Positive is foundational to things we’ve talked about in previous episodes. In this episode we talk about what it means to be people positive by sharing several concrete examples. 

4. Optimising for Teams

All organisations today have adopted the concept and practice of working in teams. That’s the way you work, otherwise you’re doing something wrong. At the same time not enough organisations create the conditions necessary to optimise for teams to become productive. Instead they unknowingly foster conditions that creates obstacles for teams. We elaborate on the most common fallacies and pitfall we’ve seen. We also share some tools that can be used to mitigate and shift towards more appropriate conditions.

Our summary in pdf form

Additional useful resources that you can learn more from:
Richard Hackman – What makes a great team
Bruce Tuckman’s stages of group development
Susan Wheelan – Creating effective teams
Barry Schwartz – The Paradox of Choice & Why We Work

3. Complexity Conscious organisations

How do you manage in complexity? What does it mean when a situation or context is complex? Why should you care?

Organisations and leaders that are Complexity Conscious has an increased ability to early identify paths that will lead to desired effects and those that will lead to dead ends or harm. We share some real-world examples that has helped to increase our and others consciousness around complexity.

The following sources have increased our language and toolbox within this field. We highly recommend taking a deeper look.

Cynefin framework by Dave Snowden on context awareness 
7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change by Esther Derby on complex change
Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan on complexity conscious 

2. Agile organisations

In this episode we look beyond agile practices and structures that’s commonly talked about. We share experiences that has assisted organisations to adopt agile values and beliefs and why they’ve found them useful in highly uncertain, complex and ambiguous business situations.

1. Product Led organisations

In our first episode we explore the concept of being a Product Led organisation. Being product led is key to both staying relevant as a company and staying ahead of competition. 

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Hosts

Anna Hedlund

Anna has a 10+ years background from different roles in tech with her main expertise in coaching and leadership. She is a Spotify alumni and currently works as an engineering manager at a startup in Stockholm. Her passion is building healthy and inclusive organisations where people can do their best work and deliver value to customers. And she’s found that a lot of that goes into leadership and creating the foundation where people can thrive.

Wasse - Organisational coach

Martin Wasielewski

Martin has over 18 years of experience working with a multitude of teams and organisations in various business contexts. For the past 7+ years he’s worked as an organisational and team coach, teacher and speaker. He currently is an independent consultant and has considerably helped to improve team performance at Spotify, King, Lifesum and Fishbrain among others.

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