CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Good is the enemy of great.

—Jim Collins

This chapter helps you to get a grip on the contents of this book. It provides you with an introduction to the phenomenon of agility and makes it clear why this is relevant to your organization. It tells you what agile management is and is not, and what kind of problems agile management can solve for you. Furthermore, it offers you a brief overview of the content of the following chapters, so that you can navigate quickly and easily through the book.

1.1 The Organization as a Top Athlete

If you look at professional sports, what do you think is the difference between a rower and a wild-water kayaker? Between a speed skater and an ice-hockey player? A road-cyclist and a mountain biker? ...

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