Transformation, Innovation, Agile…Wisdom of the Ages

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here we are in the digital, AI, big-data, robotics world. We are challenged to learn, hire, and develop expertise in those spaces.

Agile, innovation, sprints, scrums…

As we said last month, ‘the more tech, digital, and social media in our lives, the MORE important our interactions with other people are – not less. It still takes people to do deals; to provide problem-solving and service. It still takes people to design the strategies that drive our businesses.’

And, it still is ‘change or die.’  It is definitely happening faster. Tech speeds up everything! The pressure is constant, 24/7. Our ability to communicate, see results, analyze, and adapt is quantum leaps faster than ever before…

…and it still is all about people.

‘None of us is as smart as all of us.’ -Unknown

‘It is not how well our people work. It’s how well we work together.’  I think this is a Vince Lombardi quote. Kevin Gale, the SFBW editor-in-chief, and I cannot find it anywhere. I use it all the time as a signature statement…

Recently I was with a client leadership team at a large overseas institution. We were looking how best to communicate what they wanted: ‘Agile’? ‘Digital Transformation’? ‘Innovation’? and we tested others. At the end of the day, this leading executive said simply words like, “I’ve heard all the jargon. We’ve invested in all of them, and more: TQM, Six Sigma, Lean (and others I’ve not heard of nor could I remember!). We’ve invested in all the tech our money could buy… At the end of the day, what I want is teams of people working brilliantly well together in today’s digital world, delivering great results on time, and on budget.”

Great teams. Working together. Delivering results.

Agile Teams

It still takes people getting into the room, listening with open minds, sharing without fear of judgment or retribution, focused on a clearly stated common purpose, working toward a common vision, who all know, like and trust each other. Deciding on the plan, working the plan through its successes and ‘learning opportunities’ and iterating with resilience. Almost sounds like a football team!

The challenge: How will you take your company into its next phase of success in the sped-up world of constant quantum tech innovation? What’s your plan for Q3 and Q4 and 2020?
How will you go back into the wisdom of the ages to bring about your success?

It’s all about your culture, your leadership, your teams. High Tech capability, Intellect and EQ.

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