What you, your managers and colleagues should do to ensure the development of your business?
When a conventional company has been down and biting in the grass and reappearing, it is very interesting to study how it has succeeded. It's not a coincidence and it doesn't come from outside. It comes from within when a company reinvents itself. It is a conscious choice and someone is driving it.
What is the limitation for increased innovation, development and growth?
"If you only have a hammer, all problems start to look like a nail" (Abraham Maslow)
Organizations that honor talented middle managers or specialists with a long seniority, with a higher post or managerial post, get more business as usual, it gives more of what we already can and more of what we already do and therefore they are, perhaps, on way to close the business.
Organizations that promote young or newly hired employees who know something “different” that have potential, capabilities and energy, are given new angles, new tools and more solutions. It can be cross-border but leads to innovation.
Leaders who dare to question their own thinking and assumptions about the world can challenge the status quo.
So if you know you can go wrong and if you dare to acknowledge your lack of insight, knowledge or capabilities, then it is you who can ensure the existence, growth and survival of the organization.
"We need more of what we don't have."
After all, leaders should not be able to do everything, but to be successful in the long run, they must constantly be able to challenge their own way of thinking and their own way of leadership, and that really requires intellectual power.
A leader must constantly ask herself: "What would my successor do differently if she started tomorrow"?
Do you dare to put yourself on the hob? Do you drive innovation or restrict innovation? Do you tell more than you ask? Do you provide more answers than questions?
Are you the limitation?
When you are presented with a solution that you do not understand or that you do not believe in, you need to come up with more questions. When you have managers, colleagues and employees who tell you something that challenges your way of thinking or if they come up with solutions that are "too far out" then you should invite them over for coffee. After all, you are part of the solution.