An organization’s ability to achieve its business goals requires far more flexibility, initiative, motivation, and new skills than in traditional environments.
They include a combination of:
- your efficiency – this is the element that is classically most in focus
- your ability to innovate – the importance of which has increased dramatically in our VUCA times
- your ability to change and learn
Many of these are included in the Lean and Agile principles, methods and toolkits, others have been around longer, such as Post-Heroic Leadership. Their combined use has become an urgent necessity today.
The strategy must adapt to the conditions of the environment – and to the identity that the organization ascribes to itself.
see: Evolving Strategy
The Sweet Spot
The sweet spot lies in the combination of these aspects. An organization needs
- A systemic view of the whole, the combination of the three success factors.
- A view of change as a continuous process. Changes do not come in distinct phases, they happen all the time, overlap and influence each other.
- A transparent and agreed idea of “better”, i.e. a direction of change. In a complex world, this includes vision, experimentation, empowered people, incremental and disruptive improvements.