How start-ups can stay agile

Digital business agility and agile leadership

Startups are born agile. But agility decreases as the organization grows. To actively and sustainably counteract the creeping loss of agility, agile leadership is needed.

Digital business agility as a formula for success

According to the HIF model of the IMD Business School, the following three behaviors of an organization are what make digital business agility:

Dealing with the inertia of masses

Digital business agility is what makes startups emerge. There it is, the idea that hits the nerve and is perfectly tailored to customer needs. The flexible organization that focuses its power and implements it quickly. Success is the result. It goes from the idea generation to the implementation phase. Efficiency is increased, and a standard is secured through processes and structures. The company grows and with it the framework that holds it together. Stabilization.

Maintaining agility in the long term through agile leadership

While stability automatically results from the inertia of the masses, agility requires effort. It must be continuously stimulated and strengthened. According to the HAVE model (IMD & metaBeratung) that resulted from a global study conducted by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, this requires four competencies.

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