Here’s the problem
In my experience as an Innovation Consultant I have noticed that medium to large organisations tend to do one thing very well.
They might have been started with a breakthrough idea but after a while the need for efficiency takes over.
Established processes, products and procedures are established and become the norm.
And for a while it works.
A form of business-as-usual mindset takes over.
A step by step, incremental stagnation can take over.
But here is the problem for leaders and SME owners.
We live in a non business-as-usual world.
Whilst the organisation is set up to reinforce the status-quo the world is changing at an ever-increasing rate.
Think about the Internet of Things as just one example of a discontinuous change that is about to hit every industry.
Well one answer is to constantly challenge any business-as-usual approach.
Even if it has been successful in the past.
It could be a strategy or planning process or a how recruitment is done or how people are evaluated.
Business-as-usual is not always a good idea.
And in a world where everything is changing, it can turn out to be a very bad one!