You are hearing more and more that the current recession has bottomed out, that the economic crisis is easing as job losses slow and we are beginning to see confidence return to the marketplace. This is good news indeed as we turn from survival and begin to look forward.
Nevertheless, the global business environment is becoming more and more interconnected and complex.
The future will see new uncertainties, ambiguities and even more surprises. Our world is acting as a complex system, and what we are now experiencing is just a taste of what will undoubtedly come.
The immediate issue for all of us is that our old ways of looking at and seeing the world do not work anymore, blinding us to today’s world as it really is. And when we can’t see the world as it really is, we miss new opportunities, and we are blindsided by unforeseen threats while uncertainty and continual surprise paralyze us into inaction.
Right now, as most of you start your 2010 planning and budgeting cycle (which may be harder than ever) you have to ask yourselves two questions:
1. “In this complex world, how can an organization think about such variability and uncertainty, and set a course forward?”
And once we are able to do this,
2. “How do we transform our organization to be able to act with intention, taking advantages of new opportunities as they emerge and create a lasting competitive advantage?”
We have been thinking long and hard about these critical questions. In our September newsletter we present some of the concepts we have explored, what we have learned, and how we are working with our clients on this new challenge. Go here to download and read the complete newsletter.