A timely reminder that for all the agile technology in the world it is agile leaders drawing on the talents of executives, managers and staff at all levels that are critical. Michael Lyman challenges the insurance industry to build such teams and I focus on how only such teams can exploit the disruptive technologies that will hollow out many traditional, large and unwieldy fiefdoms that today add cost and excessive delay to many processes e.g. claims processing and fraud detection
... the ability to maintain a vision of the future while putting out fires today. This time, I address how successful leaders draw on the talents of executives and managers at all levels of the organization. A key to that is using an ensemble approach when building management teams, according to new Accenture research on business agility. As explained in our report, Leadership Imperatives for an Agile Workforce, leaders build effective teams by deploying executives and managers in a network that can flexibly shift and re-form to address challenges and opportunities as they arise....critical, because companies no longer can rely on lone individuals at the top to handle all of the complexities and uncertainties in the global environment. With an ensemble approach, executives can be brought together in combinations that draw on their experiences and perspectives for specific situations.