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Agile Amped Podcast - Inspiring Conversations

Apr 25, 2019

Stephen Parry is a business leader, strategist, change designer and author with a reputation for large-scale global business transformation. He sat down with us for a fascinating deep-dive into addressing transformation in organizations that are often already overburdened. 

According to Parry, during an org transformation, leadership tends to lose sight of the strategy, the org structures, and the investments in technology." Traditional leadership is just going down to the mid-management level and making sure they’re hitting the local numbers and trying harder, leaving the top decks with no captain. “ 

To resolve this problem, senior leaders have to trust the management at the mid level, and in turn middle managers must trust the staff below them. This enables leadership and middle management to perform the critical roles that cannot be done by those below them. Meanwhile, each manager’s reports must strive to “make your managers fantastic”, according to Parry. That calls for a trust strategy across the business. Parry calls this approach “power up” instead of “bottom up.” 

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts. 

Hear Stephen Parry speak live at the Business Agility Conference in Vienna, Austria May 20-21, 2019.  

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