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What Companies Mean By Agility

We analyzed official "Our Values"-type documents from 521 companies who were recently in the S&P 500. Here is what some of them had to say about Agility

Goldman Sachs, from "Our Business Principles" 

“We know that the world of finance will not stand still and that complacency can lead to extinction.”

Trader Joe's, from "Culture" 

“We shun bureaucracy and advocate for decision-making to happen at our stores.”

Nationwide, from "PRIDE Values" 

“We’re always learning and improving, seeking new ways to be better at what we do. We are open-minded and flexible in responding to change.”

Panasonic, from "Seven Principles" 

“We will continually adapt our thinking and behavior to meet the ever-changing conditions around us, taking care to act in harmony with nature to ensure progress and success in our endeavors.”

Bayer, from "Our Values" 

“Drive change actively. Be ready to adapt to future trends and needs. Challenge the status quo. Think and act with customers in mind. Seek out opportunities and take calculated risks

Be open-minded. Embrace lifelong learning.” 

DISH, from "Our Culture" 

“We are comfortable and thrive in an environment where our path is often unclear, changes frequently and requires us to challenge ourselves.”

“Our leaders foster the persistent readiness to change, whether this concerns products, services, behaviors, processes, or structures. They strive not to preserve the familiar merely for the sake of comfort, but rather, together with their employees, constantly seek opportunities to optimize and thus better reach ZF’s objectives.

 

They thereby substantiate and explain changes to their employees in a comprehensible manner and involve them in planning and decision-making in a reasonable way.

 

Our leaders see themselves as dynamic protagonists. They dare to take risks and consider them carefully, seek opportunities, and also explore new avenues in attaining our targets.

 

In crisis situations they behave wisely, do not make rash decisions, and act with determination against causes and consequences.”

HP Inc., from "Our Shared Values" 

“We are resourceful and adaptable, and we achieve results faster than our competitors.”

CA Technologies, from "The DNA of CA" 

'"WE ARE AGILE. Because agility is everything today, we move with a sense of urgency and adapt quickly in anticipation of change. "

Noble Energy, from "Our Values" 

“Movement is life. The ability to rapidly change course while others stay stagnant is key to success. At Noble Energy, there’s no resting on our laurels. We are constantly flexible and responsive. Standing in the future impacts how we can energize the world and better people’s lives.”

SRA International, from "Our Values" 

“We anticipate change and initiate it when our customers' missions demand it; we are agile at scale and can mobilize the enterprise to adapt as the landscape evolves.”

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