Developing HR Agility

for a VUCA World

People - An Important Leverageable Asset


Workshop Overview

Speed, fitness, flexibility, nimbleness, resilience… words more often used to describe a world class athlete than a business organization.  Moreover, how often do we hear these words to characterize our HR departments or staff?  Not nearly often enough. 

By all accounts, the 21st century is bringing rapid innovation and change driven by the continuing digital renaissance, expanding and/or disruptive markets, and real-time communications paradigm.  How well organizations are prepared to survive in this turbulent business climate is a fundamental issue and challenge for most leaders.  What is the role of the Human Resources Department in equipping organizations to meet the challenge of the accelerating pace, volume, diversity, and scope of change?  Now, more than ever, organizations will demand that their Human Resources professionals become strategic partners in meeting the challenge of the turbulent twenty-first century (and beyond).

Developing HR Agility for a VUCA World is a 2½-day workshop focused on building an agility capability within HR functions, teams and individual professionals alike. 

Available Dates:

Future Program Dates Coming Soon!


Who Should Attend

This workshop is ideally suited for CHROs, VPs of Human Resources, Directors of Human Resources and Chief Learning Officers who serve this vital role in private, non-profit and public sector organizations. 


What you'll Learn

  • Anticipate Change: Interpret the potential impact and implications of business turbulence and trends on Human Resources people, processes and technology
  • Generate Confidence: Create a culture of confidence and engagement in a constantly-changing VUCA business environment
  • Initiate Action: Demonstrate a sense of urgency for HR programs, processes and policies proactively
  • Liberate Thinking: Build an environment that encourages and empowers others to be innovative and creative
  • Evaluate Results: Manage knowledge to learn and improve from actions


Workshop Outline

Title Overview
Day 1

Introduction to Business Context: Overview of VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) business environment and why developing fitness for agility can be a competitive advantage for HR, especially in a VUCA world

The Agile Model® overview: What is agility and how can it best be understood and applied using The Agile Model

Anticipate Change: Why is it important to be aware of trends and patterns? Why and how could anticipating change be important for demonstrating a competitive advantage? Learn the value and use of environmental scanning techniques and tools.

Generate Confidence: The essence of positive leadership and the difference between having a winning or losing culture. Learn how to connect, align and engage your employees.

Day 2

Initiate Action: Focus on decision making; how is initiating action a competitive advantage? Learn the speed of decision making using the OODA Loop decision making method and the sense of urgency in making decisions.

Liberate Thinking: Innovation and creative thinking -- How can we create an environment or culture of liberated thinking so that it becomes a competitive advantage? Learn to involve people, process and technology to stay committed to fresh, innovative thinking.

Evaluate Results: How can evaluating results become a competitive advantage? Measurement teaches and communicates our value system. Learn to create expectations, provide real-time feedback and utilize fact-based measures.

Gig Economy: Developing your HR agility fitness to manage changes in policies, processes and culture, to equip your organization for the Gig Economy.

Day 3

Practical Application Building HR Team Agility: Working in teams to focus on a real-world example of a VUCA challenge

HR Agility Action Planning: After debriefing small teams, each participant reflects on feedback and refines his/her agility plan for implementation upon return to organization

Post-Course HR Agility Coaching: Three (3) HR Agility coaching calls coordinated with each participant to implement his/her leadership agility development plan

Unique workshop offerings

  • Practical application and action planning for participant implementation upon returning to work.

  • Three hours of post-workshop HR Agility coaching to help implement each participant’s development plan.

Workshop Leads

Nicholas F. Horney

Nicholas F. Horney, Ph.D, Founder & Principal – Agility Consulting

DR. NICK F. HORNEY, President of Agility Consulting and Training, provides the tools, consulting and training to better enable individuals, teams and organizations to more effectively respond and manage within the context of a continuously turbulent environment. He recently served as Vice President of Client and Constituency Relations for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, NC. Nick was previously Vice President of Consulting Services at ODR, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia and has an additional breadth of industry experience with Coopers and Lybrand Consulting, Nestle and Pepsi. His formal teaching experience includes adjunct faculty work at The University of Alabama, Cornell University and Rochester Institute of Technology. Many of Nick’s leadership principles were developed through his 23-years of experience in the Navy as a diving officer and leading Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Bob Prescott

Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, Corporate Engagement, University of Alabama

DR. ROBERT K. PRESCOTT has spent twenty years in industry and eighteen years teaching and consulting positions. He is currently Director - Corporate Engagement at The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies. Most recently he was Graduate Faculty of Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, U.S.A. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Human Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University.


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