'Agility' is becoming a meaningless buzzword

We're falling over ourselves to become agile, but sometimes more haste is less speed.

by Adam Gale

In October last year, the boss of a well known firm uttered those fateful words ‘we need to become a more agile company’.

Both the sentiment and the jobs cuts that followed would have been unremarkable, except for the fact that the company in question was Wal-Mart.

Agility requires flight of foot, the ability to turn on a dime, as the Americans put it. Wal-Mart is a $450bn leviathan with over two million employees. It’s like your 70 year-old mother getting a sprawling Kendrick Lamar tattoo to get down with the kids. Just... no.

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