After the uncertainty of the past year, CEOs stress organizational agility–the capability of an organization to respond quickly and pivot without losing momentum–as a top priority for leaders to an unprecedented degree.
The challenge often lies in identifying the clear impact of agile initiatives, while in some cases, even “agile chaos” has resulted. Therefore, agile ways of working need to be more purposeful. They should include a clear focus on business outcomes and guidelines that indicate where innovation will lead to essential next-level advantages—so that agile initiatives result in material, valuable changes and real-world impact.
CEOs recognize that this new way of driving flexibility and delivering innovation can only be realized with an empowered remote workforce. While 2020 amplified a host of strategic priorities, empowering remote work was noted by CEOs as their top concern more frequently than anything else.