The world is changing more rapidly than ever. Change is the norm and the future is unpredictable. Investing in people creates embedded resilience. Survival of the fittest revisited.
The world is changing at an accelerated pace. The military term VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) is used more and more to describe the different changes impacting us. In addition we all see and feel the increased need for speed and collaboration. Several published trend reports in the last years support this.
At the same time we observe companies struggling with their strategies and objectives. Strategies tend to have shorter horizons and shorter lifecycles. Are the main objectives of today still valid tomorrow? How can companies stay competitive and grow profitability amid this increasing turbulence and disruption? How can companies deal with the tension to stay ahead of increasingly fierce competition and at the same time deliver the promised quarterly results?
Companies often fail to convert their strategy into the right actions. The desired success and results are not always achieved. The old ways of executing strategies (through structures, processes, systems) are failing us.
We believe that the only way for companies to prepare for the future is through enabling its people. Enabling the development of its employees is the key to create business value.
Enabled employees will help to speed up the improvement pace, will help to manage trade-offs and tensions and will help to keep the improvement going. An environment of enabled employees will also help to attract and keep the right people.
Enabling the development of your employees will make them more agile. This agility is a prerequisite to seize opportunities, dodge threats and implement necessary actions in a fast and pro-active way. The more agile, the more your business value will increase. Darwin’s theory on “natural selection” applies to companies as well; the “survival of the fittest” revisited…