“Though change is a constant in business and life, the world seems a bit crazier than usual right now. Here’s how to succeed even when the climate is at its most challenging.” Adopt fluid and situational hierarchies Value and foster communication skills throughout the organisation Operate with a high degree of internal transparency Solve problems by “letting a thousand flowers bloom”. Value and make use of improvisation Focus organisational learning on judgement, creativity and scenarios Define your organisation by its mission Invest heavily in knowledge workers Empower people doing work-… Read more 9 Highly Effective Ways to Thrive in Chaotic Times | Inc.com →
“The rate at which organizations and individuals learn may well become the only sustainable competitive advantage.” What could be truer? In our increasingly competitive, global, fast-moving economy, companies that take learning seriously—or more accurately, the learning of its people seriously — are much better off than companies that don’t.And, such “learning organizations” stand in marked contrast to that other kind, which tend to base decision-making on tradition, history, bias, emotion, and perception rather than verifiable data. via It Takes More Than Brains to Create a Learning Organization.
Lou Gerstner: “I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game–it is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value. Vision, strategy, marketing, financial management–any management system, in fact–can set you on the right path and carry you for a while. But no enterprise–whether in business, government, education, health care, or any area of human endeavor–will succeed over the long haul if those [cultural] elements aren’t part of its… Read more How To Create A Culture of Innovation →
One of the enemies of an adaptive organisation is a low-candor; low confrontation culture. Some good suggestions here to build a culture that honours respectful, genuine questioning as a means of continual improvement: “What happens when you ask, during all-hands meetings, if there are any questions? If you hear crickets, see no hands, and can feel the tension of unsaid issues employees would love to blurt out, it may be time to change your culture.” How to Build a Culture of Candor | Inc.com.
What will lead to the downfall of schools? Here’s an organisation that asks its employees to try to predict its downfall: “Inside (Airbnb’s design lab) there’s a Post-it Note with a small doodle of a sharp knife, along with the words airbnb killer. An employee jotted that down on the sticky and glued it to a large black poster board that details the next-generation prototype of the service–one that (CEO Brian) Chesky says would “disrupt Airbnb” if a competitor were to introduce it today. He wants his team to beat… Read more Why Airbnb Encourages Employees to Predict Its Own Downfall →
I’m always looking for ways to strengthen my creativity muscles, and I like this mental habit: “Force Connections Between Unrelated Things In short, success in the modern world means generating a lot of ideas quickly, which is something that doesn’t come naturally to most people. Fortunately, there’s a habit you can build that will immediately give your creativity a boost.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/cl60PS3gBB0/story01.htm
This post describes beautifully the chasm between management and leadership, using the metaphors of startups and companies: “We know that a startup is a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. The corollary for an enterprise is: A company is a permanent organization designed to execute a repeatable and scalable business model. Once you understand that existing companies are designed to execute, then you can see why they have a hard time with continuous and disruptive innovation.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/MGyJa_cFKDo/story01.htm
“A hot group is a small group of individuals who share the excitement and commitment for a particular idea, perspective, or product. In a hot group, individuals commit to each other over mutual emotion and excitement over an idea, rather than rational exchange and coordination. Monet, Renoir, Manet, Bazzille, and Sissley were five painters, who separately were a soldier, factory worker, naval cadet, business student, and medical student. On the surface, they shared nothing. Together, they were a hot group. Through this hot group, they gave the world Impressionism.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/CY_ZHlhfqJw/story01.htm