Ever present change is disrupting conventional assumptions on how the economy, healthcare, education, and businesses work. Organizations are facing challenging and stressful adjustments as they react to the latest disruptions which bring new and different problems to solve.
The author believes we must expect constant disruptions and in some unexpected spheres, that we can’t look to the past for future solutions and that strategic planning as we know it, is no longer workable.
Unlike the traditional top-down approaches to create a competitive advantage, today’s adaptive organizations use the wisdom of cross-functional teams based progressive realization to prototype, experiment, vet, and discover the future.
From this portfolio of experiments, adaptive leadership then selects, funds, scales up, and exploits the most promising business models, products, services, and value propositions.
In an environment where everything is changing, Adaptive Leadership is about giving up control to get results.
Adaptive leadership is a style that encourages sharing, listening to suggestions, seeking out uncomfortable opinions and ideas. Sometimes, saying, “Tell me what you think I do not want to hear.” With collective wisdom decision-making, the combined cognitive differences can uncover hidden problems and opportunities, leading to perspective-shifting conclusions.
In an environment of disruptive change, strategic planning as we know it is no longer workable. Accelerating change makes the future less knowable and impossible to plan for, which is why organizations must be flexible, resilient, and innovative.
Today’s form of planning involves a process of progressive realization, the concept that knowledge, understanding, and perspectives are transient over time. Adaptive organizations are creating team-based business models designed to experiment, prototype, learn, and discover the future.
How to Manage Disruptive Change describes why adaptability creates competitive advantage. Why adaptive Leadership Vision Technology Talent are strategic imperatives - demanding attention, understanding, and action.