Surround your business plans with constantly increasing capacity for purpose
The chief focus of most workplace planning, organising and development is maintenance of the status quo (usually plus some steady growth) in the provision of products and services in response to customer needs, even though extensive resources are persistently absorbed by confusion, uncertainty, unforeseen urgencies and intermittent chaos.
Yet their constituents – leaders and managers especially – wonder why the workplace is a reactive culture, succeeding only through heroic acts, unable to shift its focus from the engine-room up to the wheelhouse often and long enough to make agile responses to adversity and change.
Staff report being eager to work on transformational, developmental and strategic matters – often desperately so – but also of being trapped by energy-sapping operational/transactional matters and control processes: wall-to-wall meetings, a relentless torrent of correspondence, excessive reporting requirements and unscheduled interruptions prevalent among them.
These organisations often enjoy business success, but at the cost of inefficiency, loss of opportunity, and excessive personal stress. Morale suffers, effectiveness is risked and potential for higher performance diminished. It’s clear that the way we’re working often doesn’t work.
There is no single solution to the problem. Nonetheless, in most workplaces there are major opportunities for incremental improvements that would alleviate it. Very many are simple to make (not necessarily easy to make) but are routinely missed. They are commonly clustered around three major themes:
- The use of inappropriate, inconsistent and improvisational approaches to managing the Primary Task (what the organisation must do in order to stay in business)
- Over-attention to pursuing the Primary Task to the neglect of developing both individual and collective capacity for it
- Combinations of the two previous items.
I offer developmental oversight and expertise, learning assignments, manageable challenges, practical encouragement, frameworks, models and guidelines, feedback and progress-monitoring support.
Contact me when you need support to surround your business plans with constantly increasing capacity for purpose.
Kāhore he tārainga tahere i te ara.
[You cannot to fashion a bird spear while you are on the trail.]
NZ Maori proverb implying, Unprepared, you will starve before you complete the journey.