We recently published an article – “The times are a-changing, leadership lessons from Bob Dylan”.
Whether it was a premonition or by absolute fluke, this composition is the most relevant today.
In the writing, we highlighted four lessons, namely;
The change that has been forced upon us cannot be ignored and therefore we have all accepted that the world is no longer what it was and will never be the same again.
Secondly, we recommended that leaders act quickly or sink like a stone.
Roll on a few months…
The semi-final at half time is delicately poised with the scoreboard reflecting 6-7. The heavens have opened, the pitch is water-logged and uncontested scrums have been called.
The brains trust has little time to waste. The successful strategy of running the ball from behind a dominant scrum will definitely be disastrous. ‘What to do?’, theCaptain asks.
It is time to reset the strategy, tactics and player roles or face elimination from the World Cup.
Many business leaders are asking the same question.
It is time for eraser management, remove the targets we have set, eradicate the plan and start afresh with a new, swift and agile plan.
Whilst reviewing your business, use the MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) decision-making processes. Place your objectives into three categories;
No matter what effort is spent, this dream is now out of reach and will not be achieved. Do not spend time on this.
“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. Where there is no problem, don’t make a problem. Prioritise; do not spend time and money on processes that are running smoothly and not affected by the situation.
Those critical actions that will give your business the quickest and best returns. Here, you brainstorm and seize the opportunities before they are lost. You also allocate resources to plug any gaps or weaknesses in your strategy.
All employees have been rested and are rearing to go. The art is getting the energy focused on the critical targets with the most skilful people in the right positions.
Identifying the roles and getting ALL employees to accept their amended tasks is vitally important. It is time to scrap traditional functions and look at what people are best at, rather than at what their title expects.
Your staff will be looking for hope and a vision to hang onto during this tough time. Now the leaders step up to the plate and paint a picture of the promised land.
Illustrate the image and show them daily how they are progressing toward the common goal. Encourage each individual to feel and taste their contribution.
(Allow the players to touch and raise the trophy)
Most households will be struggling financially over the foreseeable future. Never has the allure of cash been stronger. Link staff effort, performance and organisational success to a tangible jingle in their pockets.
Setting easy to understand incentive schemes will drive performance more than ever before.
Should you need assistance with pressing the reset button in your organisation call on us to help you take advantage of our changing world. Get in touch to find out more.