In a world of constant change you may be surprised to know that as Human Beings we are still creatures of habit. Something like 98% of our 50,000 daily thoughts are the same each day and we are on autopilot almost 50% of the time. Through evolution we have developed cognitive biases or short cuts, to conserve our energy and these cognitive biases impact the way we think and behave without us realising it.(Our brain uses around 20% of our daily calorie activity)
Not to mention we have been trained to conform and follow the rules and not question the procedures already established combine with our innate habitual nature, our innovativeness and creativity can be depleted. Fortunately, we can re-train our brains to unlock agility.
The Agility IDEA Model consists of four dimensions (eight elements) and is designed to revolutionize participants’ habitual thinking and unlock the reservoir of innovative potential that resides in all of us.
Investigate – Openness – Energize – Apply
Investigate – Looking for opportunities to improve current services, work processes, or products.
Design – Generating concepts that lead to improvement.
Energize – is the ability to influence others, building coalitions, and mobilizing support for new ideas.
Apply – is showing boldness and risking mistakes; putting an idea into a practical plan, testing and modifying the plan, and making new ideas a regular part of the work process.
Agility training is essential to a thriving business.
Research shows that people with a higher degree of mental agility can find more creative solutions, be more open to change and find opportunities within workplace challenges. Importantly, they perform more effectively in their jobs, are healthier, more engaged with their work, and have higher commitment to their organisations. The great news is that there is a solution as mental agility can be both learned and developed.