Written by Fiona Cannon OBE, one of the UK’s most eminent workplace diversity experts, The Agility Mindset sets out to present an unrivalled wealth of unique research, opinions and practical solutions from leading business leaders. Read our review below
City grandee Sir Win Bischoff provides the foreword for The Agility Mindset, stating: “Until recently, workforce agility has for the most part been treated as a benefit for employees and a cost for employers. This needs to change.”
His assertion is the starting point for Fiona Cannon to demonstrate how flexible working, or “workforce agility” as she calls it, can serve employer and employee alike.
The external business context has changed significantly since the 1980s, thanks to new technologies, changing customer demands, demographic shifts, and globalisation. Cannon looks at how these and other trends have created new challenges and opportunities for organisations throughout the book.
Her case studies are largely drawn from members of the Agile Future Forum – which supports the growth of agile working in the UK – including Lloyds Banking Group, BT, Yorkshire Building Society, ITV, KPMG and HM Treasury.
But perhaps the most compelling example comes not from the household names, but Rufus Leonard, a creative agency that introduced flexible working hours to coordinate with its clients around the world. It picked up 11 new contracts in 2014 as a result, with a pitch-win ratio of 75 per cent and an eye-popping 19 industry awards.
The Agility Mindset is published by Palgrave Macmillan and is priced at £24.99