During this year’s winter Olympics, the highlight for me was watching the figure skater, Kim Yu-Na of South Korea. The agility she displayed as she skated to win a gold medal was both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. Not only did she show her well-trained body’s flexibility but her life story demonstrates how adaptable her spirit is as well. Click below to see her in action.
Like Kim Yu-Na, collaborators need to be agile. Websters defines agile as 1) marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace and 2) having a quick resourceful and adaptable character. In business, one doesn’t need to learn how to do a triple lutz jump but it is vital to know how to quickly adjust to and build on the numerous points of view on any project or team. If you are able to influence and be influenced, you avoid the ineffective spinning that comes from people talking at one another.
Collaborative Agility is demonstrated when we change how we relate to someone in order to better communicate. It occurs when we can reframe a problem into an opportunity. We are agile when we don’t have an answer but improvise with others until a path becomes clear.
In the next few blog entries, we are going to look in more depth about the value of agility in collaboration. You can begin thinking about the value of agility in your collaborations. We’d love to know some of your stories.