Most traditional improvement tools and strategies are frequently ineffective and in many cases are applied for the wrong reasons. This isn't to say, however, that you have to reinvent the wheel in order to be adaptive. Many tools, when used in an adaptive business strategy - such as Business Agility, Lean, and Agile, can help you unlock entirely new capabilities and equip your workforce with the abilities it needs to face new demands, head-on. You must diagnose your business, make a prognosis, and create a work-climate that quickly adapts if your business is going to thrive.
Blame is an interesting area of psychology, a legally authorised social mechanism, and a fairly baffling human quirk. Philosophers and theorists have competing ideas about what constitutes blame and its underpinning mechanisms. However, the philosopher Tognazzini (2014) says that blame “is a negative evaluative judgement that implies responsibility.” This is a good generalisation of what blame involves, and the keyword here is negative.
If you are a change leader -- C-suite executive or middle manager, embarking on a change program, getting the foundations right is critical. This will determine the success or failure of your transformation. Read Waste Management from our eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success or download it in its entirety here.
Where does all the rubbish go?
You will be familiar with the word “landfill” but have you ever actually seen one? Where exactly are these places? They never appear in that “points of interest” list on a satnav and they are never signposted off the motorway. The reason for that, of course, is obvious. It is why the dumpsters are hidden around the back of your favourite restaurant. Nobody wants to think about them, let alone see them.
Autumn is on the horizon, and apparently, September is the new January, so it is back to reality. In August, we were very busy with clients and preparing for September's conferences and other engagements. In this news review we will be highlighting (1) the CAFÉ Change Planner workshop, because we will be offering a taster session this month, (2) a presentation Agile Does Not Equal Business Agility and Adaptability, (3) upcoming events and (4) our top posts for the month.
As always, if you would like to discuss any of these items or would simply like to have an informal chat on strategy, please get in touch.
Our new eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success, is out and available to help you through your change programme. We'll be publishing one chapter each month in our blog. This will be followed by a webinar to discuss issues raised by that section.
Right across the board, today’s customers are demanding greater and greater choice. To stay successful in a rapidly changing climate, organisations must not only confront and deal with this demand for choice, they must design a corporate culture which actively embraces it.
It’s taken a while but medium to large organisations, have finally come to realise they need to change to compete and survive in a marketplace filled with small, more nimble competitors.
Everyone wants a step-by-step action plan on how to perfect business change. However, anyone who claims to be able to provide neat, tidy one-size strategies is mistaken.
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In change management, precision is about seeing the bigger picture. These three techniques can help you do this:
Discussions with upper management about adaptability are often an awkward dance.
Senior management often fears a loss of control in an adaptive workplace. That’s understandable given their training. But it's also very wrongheaded..