Designing for Agility

In the midst of so much data and so many choices, it is vital to create filters as a means to help you synthesize both what you pay attention to and also how you want to present yourself to the macro. Naming and claiming a filter is vital. If I only had one word to brand or describe what I hope to contribute, I would use the word Agility – both as a filter as well as the contribution I want to make.

I would then further describe Agility with three terms Resilience, Responsiveness and Reflection. Here is how I make these terms both actionable as well as mental muscles I practice ….


  1. How well you bounce back from failure.
  2. How well you learn from that failure and also inform the entire eco-system of that learning so the lesson can be scaled.
  3. Diversity of experience–The more robust and diversified a person’s experience-the higher the probability for resilience.


  1. The more accurate the understanding of the landscape the more appropriate is the interpretation.
  2. Being responsive means looking into the environment and being able to assess the most appropriate way to “be” in that environment in order to create value.
  3. Being able to process “just in time” information and synchronizing it with both behavior and language.


  1. Valuing quiet – no activity time in order for sense-making to occur; you need preserved time for deepening observations into insights
  2. Creating buffers for patterns to emerge, for retro-review of activities to assess for learning and or future adjustments.
  3. Having “open space” to allow for innovation. Creativity emerges when there is stillness in which ideas can land and reveal themselves.

Onward in the practice . . .


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