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By Royce D'Souza
(EXTRACT FROM CIO Applications Europe)

« To be agile, the whole company has to move, and we are here to make it happen », Dr. Patrice Petit, Founder, Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach

Rationalism vs. empiricism—the two schools of thought have always been at loggerheads. Remember the time when our grandparents told us, ‘if you study well, then a good job, a nice house, and a good retirement will follow’? This holds true in the context of a rationalistic world, resulting from a culture that dates back to Plato, where everything was demonstrable and predictable. In today’s empiristic world, illustrated by Gödel’s theory and driven by the emergence of computer science, not everything can be scientifically demonstrated. It is the one that promotes change, the emergence of new business opportunities, the need to learn continuously, and builds important relational networks to stay on top of the wave. Evidently, the real and virtual worlds, driven by rationalism and empiricism, respectively, induce different behaviours in people. These two worlds collide strongly at present. So much so that the longevity of rationalism-based businesses has sharply reduced in recent decades as they are no longer able to cope with the new IT-powered world. The fallout being people are depressed, dissatisfied, and feel their lives are a failure. And they are striving hard to reorient their career amidst an impending burnout. Here, the question arises, “How to succeed in such a situation that is changing so quickly and being disrupted by uncertainty?

The solution lies in enabling people to adapt to the empiristic nature of the business to sustain and flourish. This can be achieved by transitioning the workforce to a model where graduation and one’s first job are considered as a launchpad. “To enable this, we offer a solution that places the concept of learning at the heart of this transition,” says Dr. Patrice Petit, Founder, AgilBee. The coaching, facilitation, and training company is dedicated to bringing agility to organisations, individuals, and projects.

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