It used to be that management skills were passed along from superiors, well aware of how an organization worked based on established institutional knowledge. The formula was simple: Take past management strategies, tweak and adjust for current realities and then manage. It’s an approach that was packaged, taught and executed with ease.
But we all know that approach just doesn’t work anymore. The past doesn't matter as much as it once did. And for very good reason. Traditional management strategies are based on a very different business and organizational reality.
It wasn’t that long ago that the pace of change was such that any response to shifts in the marketplace was executed with a slow, thoughtful, and considered approach. Contrast that to the sense of urgency that comes with improved data monitoring that shows customer satisfaction ebbing and flowing in real time.
Improvements in technology will only continue to accelerate. And if an organization tries to go forward by embracing the strategies of its past, then it is setting itself up for a slow decline to obscurity.
Today’s successful companies don’t view adaptability as a ‘nice to have’ business strategy. For them it is an essential element to business success and longevity.
An organization must recognize, respond and adapt to challenges on an ongoing basis, if they are to succeed and thrive.
That noted, adaptability isn’t just something that can be overlaid on an organization. The organization must learn to make adaptability its core competency, woven into the work culture in a meaningful way. It must be the instinctive first reaction when faced with external challenges.
Lloyd Parry have worked with many types of organizations on transforming their work cultures into adaptability marvels.