Responsive Orgs: Designing for Volatility and Change

June 2nd, 2020

Ever wonder what enables some organizations to take advantage of external disruptions and opportunities while others make do with small, incremental, run-of-the-mill improvements?

We did too. RedThread Research recently completed a study on Responsive Organizations – those set up to quickly adapt. Not surprisingly, people play a big role. Organizations that respect employees and share authority, encourage continuous growth, and build cultures of trust fare better than their less responsive counterparts.

This report is the culmination of more than 6 months of work – an in-depth literature review, a survey, and conversations with 100+ leaders. This report covers:

  • Characteristics and examples of responsive organizations
  • Data! A discussion on how much responsivity matters to business outcomes
  • A model for building responsivity, including 4 lenses to use when creating people practices
  • Advice from leaders on how they enable responsivity

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Dani Johnson Redthread Research
Dani Johnson
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst