08 Jun LEADERSHIP STRATEGY: HOW TO PIVOT, PLAN FOR WHAT’S NEXT
Leadership speakers often talk at length about topics like creativity, innovation, and change management. But the truth is that many simple shifts in strategy and approach can work workers when it comes to boosting your odds of finding business success. What’s more, you don’t have to be a genius to get ahead in today’s fast-changing market in most instances either – just a little more ingenious as a rule instead. So the next time leadership speakers encourage you to rethink your strategy? Remember, sometimes, it’s just as important to rethink your perspective as well.
Topic: What Does it Really Mean to Think Outside the Box?
Scenario: Contrary to popular belief, innovation is just a matter of perspective, all about the lens through which you view challenges, and founded more frequently in simple changes that can make a bit impact, not huge game-changing ideas. As leadership speakers and business consultants would do well to remind as well, everyone also has the power to exercise it.
Insight: Simple shifts in presentation, packaging, or how you choose to repurpose or reutilize existing capabilities and resources (or promote them to new audiences or adjacent markets) can help you score huge wins in business without having to reinvent the wheel. Likewise, it’s important to give your people the ability to speak up, take action, and test new ideas frequently, learning from them and improving their strategies as more information is gained at every turn. That means having to be deliberate about putting programs and platforms (e.g. entrepreneurship contests, open innovation portals, etc.) in place that can help you accelerate and scale these efforts. Similarly, it also means having to teach people to “think differently” – if you’re thinking right, there are no boxes in place to begin with.
Topic: Driving Organizational Change: Mastering the Art of Change Management
Scenario: Change management doesn’t have to be as difficult, costly, or time-consuming as you might suspect when you embrace a few simple principles, and champion a love for constant learning and growth from the highest executive levels on down. In addition, making it work is all about teaching staff to be more proactive, and think like leaders at every turn, even if they’re not typically designated as leaders by their job title.
Insight: Businesses successfully adapt to ongoing change by learning to be more flexible, agile, and adaptable, and putting the capabilities, resources, and programs in place that they need to stay well-attuned to the marketplace and shifting customer habits, and quickly adjust their approach in turn. To be successful at change management, organizations also have to effect a culture shift as well, and (like leadership speakers often point out) trust and empower their workforce more, while also creating opportunities for them to take safe, cost-productive, and effective risks that grow their learning and capabilities.