Change is the only constant, but only if constant change were linear than success would track to expectation. Since change succeeds only when behavior changes, anyone expecting linear change presents a challenge: 70% – 90% of projects fail.
A move from chaotic change towards intentional change requires decision-making strategies that include:
- Knowledge of what is,
- Goal-oriented design,
- Prediction (guesswork) of what might be, and
- Resource risk
If conditions remain the same you might expect your strategy and goals to deliver as intended. Within a constant state of change it is collaboration, resilience, and failing fast are assets. The only way to stop doing things wrong is to start doing things right. Time for sacred cow tipping. I invite you to visit the blog page for thoughts and conversations or jump to a specific interest or blog category:
- Organization Behavior — The organization is a social unit and behaves both rationally and irrationally at times. Leaders who learn motivation and behavior is not a one-size-fits-all approach find positive inertia for organization excellence, flexibility, and resilience.
- Talent Management — Managing is maximizing resources. Talent management is a focus on maximizing your most important resource: talent. People, process, and technology are often part of strategic planning, but any focus on process and technology without the largest lens on people is a short sell on sanity.
- Portfolio Planning — Resources, time and money, are always finite, choosing what to spend resources on using a portfolio option view helps identify risk, mitigate risk, and maximize resources. Strategy always offers a host of options. Portfolio planning is taking a look at the risk/return or cost/benefit of each option individually and as they combine into a decision-making portfolio.
- Marketing — Not only consumer- or business-facing communication, marketing is also important to position your organization strategy and human capital needs. If people don’t resonate with your message little of their effort will meet organization goals. The opportunity: articulate What’s In It For Me?
- Fast Start — Quick conversation fast start and the resource that could impact business strategy and start a new discussion direction.
- Odds & Sods — An affectionately titled catchall topic that covers random technology, current events, and items of interest worth sharing.
The Constant is Constant Change
Strategies fail because too often we do not account for more: more planning, more involvement, more dialogue, more reality, more design for change.