We know that Business-as-usual does not work anymore. So, what can we do about it?
In a world where Disruption has become normal, how do we prepare for it?
How do we prepare to be DISRUPTED?
By building dynamic systems that don’t avoid uncertainty but actually expect them and are prepared for them.
The key is in not putting our head down and waiting for the turbulence to pass, but instead expecting the turbulence, treating it as normal and developing the necessary skills so that we can forge ahead despite the turbulence.
Corporate systems and processes are usually built around:
Such systems worked very well in stable times, like navigating a big ship in good weather.
In today’s environment, organizations are like rafts in white water.
The systems and skills we need to navigate are completely different.
Using old Systems and Skills we will not be able to keep our head above water, let alone reaching our destination.
The first thing we need to get rid of is the sense of control.
We need to accept that we cannot predict the future at all.
Therefore, we cannot plan for it.
Instead, we learn the skills to respond quickly to any change that happens, knowing fully well that change will happen.
What we need is the resilience to remain undisturbed by change.
And the agility to adapt and respond quickly to change.
Here are some principles that will help us build dynamic systems and be more prepared to deal with disruptions:
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