Posted December 7, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Developing Social Agility
Social agility is a hot new professional skill—and it’s not just up to individual workers to cultivate it. Find out why companies should support it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! Yesterday we talked about social agility, a new professional skill that is gaining traction in today’s fast-changing workplace.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘organizational agility.’ It refers to an organization’s ability to pivot quickly while staying productive and competitive. Social agility is the same concept, but on the individual level.
Social agility refers to how effectively a person can adapt, absorb new information, and succeed even when their workplace is in flux. And over the past year and a half, it has risen to the top of the list of crucial professional skills.
Today, the pressure is not just on the individual contributor to develop their social agility muscle. To retain talent and recruit new contributors, companies must support social agility at the organizational level.
This means fostering an environment where workers are coached and mentored on their journey toward social agility. One place to start is to ask your team questions about how agile they believe the organization is—and then, how they’d rate their own personal agility. In the course of the conversation, you’ll uncover areas of opportunity for further training and growth.
The goal is to start paying more attention to this rising skill. Today more than ever, employers can’t afford not to invest in a socially agile workforce.
Tomorrow, why is a socially agile work culture especially valuable in the age of remote work? We’ll talk about it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!