Learnings in Leading a Consulting Practice – Part II

Climbing wall over Climbing Ladder

I am a strong believer that any organization is only as successful as it’s people. A big part of how we’ve been able to build a successful practice here in Auckland, has been based on the fact that great talent attracts great talent. Whenever I ask people what’s the best thing they enjoy about working at Assurity, the resounding answer I get all the time is the people. Not only do talented people want to work with other talented people, they also demand an environment which enables their talents, not hinder it. As a leader managing the environment in which talent can thrive, I am always trying to challenge myself, our team, and the organization on how we can continue to innovate and create a space in which people grow so much that they’re head-hunted, yet want to stay because it’s awesome.

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Learnings in leading a Consulting Practice – Part I

I’ve been publishing a few posts around leadership and my thoughts on it. This time, I thought I’d take a bit of a turn and focus on the industry Assurity is in – Professional Services. I believe that the PS industry is ripe for disruption, and we’ve been working to try and stay ahead of this disruption curve over the past year and a half. [Read more…]

Towards an Agile Operating Model

We are on a journey to try to truly be an agile organisation. In this post, number three in the Business Agility Series, I will describe how we changed our business operating model in order to help develop new habits to step us towards our desired agile new culture.

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Considering an Agile Culture

We are on a journey to being an agile organisation. In this post, the second in the Business Agility series, I describe our thinking on the type of culture we wanted to create prior to us leaping into implementing change.

Culture trumps everything and as Simon Sinek said “people don’t ask what you do, they ask why you do it.” So, starting with a clear idea of how the Assurity of the future feels is a great starting point.

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Running our business using Agile

Agile is designed to manage complex situations where there are a large number of unknowns. It has been extremely successful in helping navigate a constantly changing environment by rapidly delivering small increments of value and using the evidence obtained to determine the next round of decision making. Given the highly competitive and rapidly changing business environment, many organisations are now asking whether Agile can be applied to running their entire organisation.

In this series I delve into how Assurity, a 200+ person consulting firm, has been running the entire company using agile techniques. As the General Manager of the second largest branch and a seasoned agile coach I am helping shape our direction. I will share our successes, our spectacular failures and some really interesting lessons in the interests of collective learning with the broader community.

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An agile, adaptive business strategy

Agile has clearly made a significant impact on the software development industry, changing the way millions of people work to a more flexible, engaging and adaptive approach, delivering products that better meet the changing needs of the market. Agile thrives in under complexity and uncertainty – elements intrinsically inherent in business. So can agile be used for implementing a business strategy? In this post I will outline some basic principles and concepts for this.

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Is strategy dead?

There is a fundamental change in management happening under out feet that is challenging the very need for strategy. Small changes are happening every day and in ten years’ time we won’t recognise management as we have thought of it in the past. [Read more…]