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Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

"Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity" | Leo Tilman & General Jacoby (Ret.)

Leo Tilman, General Charles Jacoby (Ret.)

June 23, 2020


In their recent groundbreaking book, Agility, Tilman and General Jacoby assess the fundamental nature of organizational agility and then describe the essential leadership practices for achieving it. They show that agility is far superior to mere speed or adaptability. Pinpointing its distinctive features, they define agility as the ability to detect and assess changes in the competitive environment in real time and then take decisive action.

The need for defining agility as the organizational capacity to navigate disruption and change has been powerfully illustrated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the global recession. In this talk, in addition to providing an overview of their theory of agility, Tilman and Jacoby will link agility to risk and uncertainty of the current operating environment, discussing how the capabilities, processes, and cultures necessary for agility can enable leadership teams to outmaneuver competitors by seizing opportunities; better defending against threats; and acting as a well-orchestrated collective of teams that are empowered to take disciplined initiative.

Leo Tilman

Leo Tilman

Author of Agility and Financial Darwinism

Leo M. Tilman is a leading expert on risk, strategy, and finance and a long-time advisor to companies, governments, and institutional investors around the world. Prior to founding Tilman & Company, a global strategic advisory firm, Tilman held senior roles at BlackRock and Bear Stearns and taught finance at Columbia University, his graduate and undergraduate alma mater. He is the author of four books, including Agility (2019) and Financial Darwinism (2008). Tilman helped shape the modern concept of risk intelligence and, in collaboration with U.S. government, created innovative models for public/private partnerships. He has been profiled as Business Visionary by Forbes and honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

General Chuck Jacoby (Ret.)

General Chuck Jacoby (Ret.)

Former Commander of NORAD

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