What Makes An Agile Team? Six Factors For Future Success

What Makes An Agile Team? Six Factors For Future Success

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the pace of change across the globe and many organisations have had to adapt to change quickly and effectively by building agile teams and embracing agile ways of working.

Findings from new research from Alliance Manchester Business School and leadership consultancy Cirrus have identified six key factors of team agility that enable teams to respond quickly and effectively to changing demands. When a team achieves a blend of all six, they can be defined as truly agile. The study revealed how agile teams with these characteristics improve performance at both an individual and team level, while also boosting employee engagement…

Doomsday Clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight — perilously close to catastrophe

Humanity is perilously close to catastrophe, according to a group of scientists that said the coronavirus pandemic, coupled with growing threats from climate change and nuclear weapons, is pushing civilization close to a human-caused apocalypse.

Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, said the pandemic has functioned as a “historic wake-up call,” and one that revealed how many governments and international organizations are unprepared to handle complex and dangerous challenges.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced on Wednesday that its symbolic Doomsday Clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight, the same as last year. That’s the closest the timepiece has been to symbolic doom in the more than 70 years of its existence.

The clock doesn’t function as a prediction of calamity but rather represents humanity’s perceived proximity to human-caused catastrophe. The Bulletin has maintained the Doomsday Clock since 1947, and it has become a stark visual metaphor since its launch during the Cold War, when the clock’s hands were set at seven minutes to midnight…

5 Best Ways to Build Resilience in Singapore’s Workplace

When people face hardships such as retrenchments or pay cuts, some snap, while others snap back. Those who snap may suffer a loss in confidence or sink into depression. Those who snap back take advantage of the setback to gain a new skill or begin a new career path. What sustains them through challenging times? Resilience.

Singaporean upskilling to stay resilient in the workplace

According to Psychology Today, resilience is defined as the psychological capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adverse events. Resilience is considered a process to build resources toward searching for a better future after potentially traumatic events. For example, an employee who can maintain business as usual despite upcoming layoffs or an interviewee who can remain positive after being rejected for a job.

Since some industries such as aviation and hospitality may continue to retrench more workers in 2021, what can Singaporeans do to build resilience in the workplace…

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