Agile People

Pia-Maria Thoren

Corporate cultures, global mindsets, and employee priorities are changing, which means management and human resources departments must also evolve. To ensure teams are well crafted, motivated, and successful, managers and HR professionals must step outside their comfort zone and adapt to younger, newer ways of thinking–they must become Agile.

In Agile People, management consultant Pia-Maria Thoren outlines how managers, human resources professionals, company decision-makers, and employees can adopt the flexible, fluid, customer-focused mindset of modern tech companies to inspire their workers and strengthen their organizations. This essential handbook explains both the theories and practical applications behind the Agile framework, showing how companies can do the following:

  • Create a structure and culture for an organization to meet future challenges
  • Give management and HR the changed mindset and the tools to facilitate employee drive and performance
  • Empower employees to become motivated stakeholders
  • Adopt hiring practices that value attitude, behavior, and competence
  • Create a passionate, loyal, and accomplished workforce

No matter the size of a company, it can benefit from an Agile mindset and launch into a future filled with successful leadership and motivated employees.

Press & Praise

Jurgen Appelo, Author of Managing for Happiness

"If there is any person I associate with HR and Agile, it is Pia-Maria Thoren. I don't know anyone in Europe who is so dedicated to bringing those critical areas together. I have worked with Pia-Maria on many occasions and know her to be very knowledgeable and a great pleasure to hang out with. A book by her hands will certainly end up high on my backlog."

Eric Abelen, Lean Coach, ING

"Pia-Maria is a pioneer in the area of Agile HR. We solicited her advice in the very early days of preparing for our transformation in way-of-work at ING's Dutch HR department. Pia-Maria helped us to get good at oversight in the complex matter of what it takes to become truly 'agile' as an HR department. Anyone interested in agile transformation should be interested in Agile HR (more appropriately phrased 'Agile people/employee services') and I recommend all of them to pay close attention to what Pia-Maria has to say."

Pia-Maria Thoren

Pia-Maria Thoren is the Inspiration Director at GreenBullet, an Agile consulting company in Stockholm, and is the founder of Agile People, a movement that started in Sweden in 2013. She specializes in Agile HR, Agile Leadership, and Motivation. As a people-management consultant for some of Sweden’s largest international companies, she is a devoted change agent with an enterprise perspective who works to create organizations where people perform better, feel engaged, deliver customer value, and have fun—all at the same time.

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