Distinguished Senior Fellow, General Charles Jacoby launches his new book – AGILITY: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption
by Prakhyat Chouta
October 29, 2019
General Charles Jacoby, GRI Distinguished Senior Fellow, recently released a new book, AGILITY: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption. Co-authored with Leo M. Tilman, a recognized authority on business, finance, and risk intelligence, the book provides a powerful approach to fostering agility and helping leaders better understand how to apply it to their organizations. The book presents a call to action for leaders across public and private sectors that agility is urgently needed and that it is achievable for any organization. The authors convincingly demonstrate that when organizations make the choice to become agile, adopt the agility mindset, and acquire the requisite knowledge and capabilities—all while remaining vigilant—agility becomes their enduring state of being.
General Jacoby and Tilman use compelling case studies of agility, analyzing organizations, such as IMAX, BlackRock, American Fire Service, and a variety of military and emergency management examples to provide a much-needed framework for what “being an agile organization” means—and demonstrate how to recognize threats and opportunities, shape timely responses, and decisively execute every time.
“Agility is the most decisive factor in successfully navigating the Fourth Industrial Revolution and fulfilling its promise to humankind. In this important and compelling book, Tilman and Jacoby provide a comprehensive theory of agility and a practical guide to developing and leading agile organizations.” – Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
”A significant contribution to leadership thinking at a time of increasing complexity, intense scrutiny, and rapid change. Recognizing agility as an essential driver of success in business, industry, and the military is vital. Understanding how to foster and consistently deliver it is even more critical. This must-read book helps us achieve both.”– Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff