Rethinking How We Transform Our Organizations for the Future
It wasn’t all that long ago that getting the right information to make decisions with was relatively hard. Information was scarce, difficult-to-access, and expensive to produce. None of that is the case any longer. Now we have too much information. It’s also relatively cheap and abundant, and only getting more so.
The very same could be said of our organizations: The operating environments of the previous century required stability, hierarchy, process, and order in the face of scarce information resources, comparatively primitive supply chains, and slow and/or expensive modes of communication. In the intervening time period, the most consistent and growing force exerting itself against our businesses is change. The relentless march of change in our business conditions, stakeholder expectations, customer needs, and especially technology, has been causing the future to pull away from most of our organizations and institutions.
The simple truth is that the vast majority of organizations today are currently falling behind, unable to cope with or absorb today’s marketplace shifts. Many have written about why organizations have to evolve more quickly, but the solutions usually discussed — which typically involve re-engineering the very structure and connective tissue of how we operate our companies — seem like nearly as large a challenge to adopt as dealing with the pace of change itself.
At Adjuvi, we’ve come to believe there is a better and more effective way of transforming than what most companies are employing or even considering today. The traditional model of change management, and the delivery processes for it, typically large-scale initiatives supported by ‘proven’ frameworks, have been largely ineffective in helping organizations stay up-to-date with the times. Or we simply wouldn’t be in the position most of us are in today. There is an urgent need for a better way.
New Methods of Transformation, Matched For Our Times
However, fundamentally new methods have arrived on the horizon. They are now starting to show great promise in helping us remake our organizations for the future. We believe the time is right for businesses to modernize how we align our organizations with the current state of the world, infused as it is with increasingly high market expectations, a blistering stream of disruptive new technologies, and a sustained dislocation of our existing business models — often by startups — from organizations which are better digitally aligned.
We profoundly believe that these new methods all have these vital elements in common:
- They are powered by digital communities as their prime productive force.
- They carefully manage to digital/network power laws such as network effects.
- They optimize for decentralized transformation processes, informed autonomy, and local change, yet in overall conjunction with their stakeholder communities.
- They are scalable and resilient enough to handle today’s current rate of change.
- They can be wielded directly by business leaders as a sustainable way to access high performance.
What then exactly are these methods and what do they look like? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring them in detail here as we look closely at the next-generation enterprise and what precisely it will require to adapt and sustain itself into the foreseeable future.
This is one of the most exciting times to be in business as well one of the most challenging. We have come to discover that using the very same methods that are causing rapid, disruptive change are also the right methods to deal with it. Even more so, there is an imperative to do so: The very survival of our organizations.
Together, we can reinvent corporate change and transformation for the modern era. We’d like to ask you to join us on this journey.
Dion Hinchcliffe is a well-known business strategist, enterprise architect, book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, and transformation consultant. Dion works with the leadership teams of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 firms to drive successful change with new digital methods involving enterprise social media, digital business models, Internet ecosystems, workforce collaboration, and the future of work in general.All stories by: Dion Hinchcliffe