If you are involved in introducing any kind of “change”, “innovation”, process, technology etc., you may want to spend some time at your local zoo – at the chimpanzee exhibit. In fact, you may want to take your team there for a field trip – if nothing else; it will be a good bonding experience. You may be wary of me sending you to the animal kingdom one more time (bees) but bear (no pun intended) with me. If you were to go by the ten month study being conducted at the Lincoln Park Zoo, your team may actually learn some critical lessons about the spread of innovation.
I read an article last week in the Wall Street Journal, “Should you Dress Like the CEO?” and it got me thinking about the role of the leader. In this article they noted, “When Frank Bisignano took the CEO job at First Data Corp. in Atlanta in late April, he brought his Brooks Brothers suits and Hermès ties with him. . . . .. Mr. Bisignano wears formal business attire to work every day, and many employees who weren’t previously dressing up are now, literally, following suit.”
I wish I had a dime (or dollar) for every time a potential client came to us wanting to transform their organization from: Tactical to strategic, or Reactive to proactive, or Cost focused to value focused, or A cost center to a profit center, or A to staff…
With annual IT spending topping two trillion dollars globally, it makes sense for organizations to assess whether they are receiving the value from these investments. Unfortunately, the answer often appears to be no. Why is this?
Spring is still a month away, but looking ahead seems to make the winter go so much faster. January or February is the perfect time for companies to make improvements that will have a major impact on the current fiscal year. Instead of adding new staff, buying new technology or introducing a new business process, I would recommend “shopping your closet”. This is the third post in a series where I discussed the dilemma many companies face – they have a “closet” full of stuff (capable people, processes, tools, technology, etc.) but never seem to have anything to “wear”. A few weeks ago I suggested that there is a process to “Shop your Closet” which is methodical and time tested.