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Change is the only constant in today's business world, and organizations must adapt rapidly to stay competitive.
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Russ Lange


A fervent believer in the promise of human powered growth, Russ leads CMG in partnering with companies to help them become aligned, agile, customer-driven enterprises that unleash the potential of their organizations with sustainable improvements in focus, teams, culture, and process our clients.

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Mark Chinn


Mark leads CMG in partnering with Telecom companies to help them increase customers and accelerate revenue. His 25+ years of experience in growth, strategy and execution includes B2C and B2B multi-channel acquisition programs, customer experiences that surprise and delight, pricing that optimizes customer value, and innovative product development.

Change is the new normal in today's business landscape. For mid-size organizations, it's crucial to adapt swiftly to remain competitive and relevant. But how can these organizations effectively navigate change in a world of uncertainty and complexity? The answer lies in taking an Agile approach to change leadership.

Agility is more than just a buzzword: it's a mindset and methodology that enables teams beyond software development. It's a way of thinking and working that allows organizations to respond quickly to market shifts, customer needs, and internal challenges.

The Mindset Shift

Empower Your Team

Agile leaders understand that the people closest to the work often have the best insights. They empower their teams to make decisions and take ownership of projects.

Iterative Progress

Rather than planning a massive change all at once, break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. This iterative approach allows for quicker feedback and adjustments as needed. It minimizes the risk of large-scale failures and provides the flexibility to adapt to evolving circumstances.

Customer-Centric Focus

Agile leaders prioritize customer feedback and use it to drive decision-making. By staying customer-centric, organizations can ensure that their changes align with the needs and expectations of their target audience.

The Practices

Cross Functional Team

Agility thrives on collaboration. Cross-functional teams working together can tackle complex challenges more effectively. This approach fosters creativity and ensures that different perspectives are considered when making critical decisions.

Inspect and Adapt

Agile leaders encourage a culture of learning and adaptation. They understand that failure is not a setback but an opportunity to learn and refine their strategies. Continuous improvement is at the core of the Agile mindset. This requires the organization to build its plans to allow regular reviews (like sprint reviews) and pivots to the plan (like backlog refinement).

According to several surveys, around 70% of change initiatives fail on average. Incorporating these Agile principles into your change leadership strategy can significantly improve your odds of success.

The path to Agile change leadership may require a shift in mindset and practices, but the benefits are well worth the effort. Your organization can navigate change with confidence and agility by empowering your team, embracing iterative progress, staying customer-centric, fostering collaboration, and promoting continuous learning.