Virtual Round Table 06/2020

Virtual Round Table 06/2020

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The Agility Challenge

June 15, 2020 | 17:00- 18:15 CET

Featuring Panelists from Amazon Web Services, General Electric, and Bain & Company


ECLF virtual Round Tables feature a carefully curated panel of thought and practice leaders who share their perspectives and experiences on issues that are relevant to the future of Transformational Learning and Organizational Development. Their composition changes depending on the topic we discuss.

The sessions are open for interested employees of all ECLF member companies as well as for invited guests. ECLF members have the opportunity to join the panel via an "empty chair" and participate in direct conversation with the panelists during the last third of the conversation.

The Round Tables are produced in partnership with the Center for the Future of Organization at the Drucker School of Management and Ideas for Leaders.


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To download a transcript of the session click here



Over the last few years, agility has become a mantra for many - especially large - organizations. Hampered by bureaucracy, cumbersome processes, traditional hierarchical thinking, and other diseases of the 20th-century management paradigm, they seek ways to redesign their structures and processes to allow for fast and flexible responses to the exponentially accelerating pace of change. Hackathons, swarms, shark-tank formats, tech hubs, incubators - initiatives designed to uproot established business and operating models proliferate, fueled by an ever-inventive consulting industry.

More often than not these efforts are toothless innovation activism that happens on the fringe, in spaces that are disconnected from the core. Can we even turn large tankers into speed boats? Our upcoming Round Table will take a closer look at this conundrum.

Bain's Darrell Rigby, who just released his latest book Doing Agile Right and Amazon's Michael Arena, author of Adaptive Space will shed light on the agility challenge from two complementing angles. They will be joined in conversation by GE's Peter Cavanaugh who is currently engaged in a major transformational effort at his company. 

Please mark your calendar:
Monday, March 15, 2020   | 17:00 - 18:15 CET
(16:00 – 17:15 GMT  | 11:00 - 12:15 EST  | 08:00 - 09:15 PST | 21:30 - 22:45 IST)


Please click on names to view the panelist's profiles:

- Michael Arena | VP Talent and Development, Amazon Web Services

- Peter Cavanaugh | Ecosystem Transformation Leader, General Electric

- Darrell Rigby | Partner and Director, Bain & Company

- Moderator: Roland Deiser |  Chairman, ECLF & Center for the Future of Organization



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