But competitive advantage, innovation, and better productivity don’t come from being machine centric and excellent in what we do anymore; they come from adapting to a more human centric means of doing business and engaging staff in an interconnected, global world.
New business models need to align with new social norms, technology advances, and natural awareness. Incorporating current egalitarian, community and society focused social norms translates to better employee and client relationships and satisfaction. Natural awareness helps us understand that natural resources are finite and that this creates new opportunities. And technology advances help us leave the modern factory, aka office block, work and study from anywhere, any time, while connecting people across location boundaries.
Other nations are developing into this space. In fact, countries without the history of the industrial revolution will have less inhibitors and barriers to change into this direction. They will simply skip over 200 hundred years of industrial development and move into the new era…it’s what happened to Australia 200 years ago (see Society article).
So how can you go about this change? Start by asking and seeking honest answers to these tough questions:
- Check out the market shifts in your industry or sector as discussed in the Status Quo is Broken - Market Shifts. How will this influence your work or organisation?
- Know the purpose of your organisation; why are you doing what you are doing? If you cannot speak from the heart, you have some serious thinking to do. Without a clear purpose you cannot know what to commit to.
- Know your stakeholders e.g. employees, clients, partners, suppliers and their understanding of these shifts. Do they follow the shifts? Do they need education about these shifts? Do you need to implement a different way of doing business and support different stakeholders in different ways? How long will you have to or want to do this?
- Do you have what it takes to lead others to a new status quo? Are you able to learn new leadership skills? Are you willing?
- And lastly, are you planning for change? Are you open to change? Can you adapt or are you still sitting well within your comfort zone?