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Our 20th century innovations have proven to be very efficient for organizations operating under stable conditions where the work is quite independent, repeatable and simple, but when the opposite is true they fall short and lead to massive waste of resources due to over-administration and bureaucracy as well as inability to quickly adapt to changes in the business environment.
For any organization that has the ambition to survive in the long haul, it needs to look beyond the quarter economics and invest aggressively in initiatives aiming to improve collaboration and organizational agility, including establishing a culture and practices that continuously improve collaboration, knowledge sharing and communication across the extended enterprise. It has to build it’s future on the six pillars of Social Business.
But to the captain and crew of many of the supertankers out there, it will probably seem more convenient to stay on course, neglecting that reality is changing more rapidly than the map. One thing is for sure; we will see many reputable and well-known organizations disappear at sea in the years ahead due to lack of real leadership.
I can think of no better way to end this article than by quoting the late Stephen R. Covey. This one is from his book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
"Management is a bottom line focus: How can I best accomplish certain things? Leadership deals with the top line: What are the right things to accomplish?…//…the rapidly changing environment in which we live makes effective leadership more crucial than it has ever been…//…We are more in need of a vision or destination and a compass (a set of principles and directions) and less in need of a road map."
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Editor's Note: Always insightful, Oscar has shared many other thoughts on the changing face of the enterprise. Check out Don't Underestimate the Power of Networks
About the Author
Oscar is an experienced management consultant who is passionate about helping customers to become more successful by improving communication, sharing and collaboration.
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