Most independent companies (and, to be honest, a lot of listed companies) work from hand to mouth. Sell, invoice, pay – hopefully profit.
Sell, invoice, pay – hopefully profit.
That’s because even if there is a vision and a strategy, there’s no intentional action to get there. Everyone’s too busy spinning the sell-invoice-pay hamster wheel. When there’s time to think bigger, it’s usually haphazard, infrequent, and short-term.
To grow strategically, a business needs to be intentional. Meaning it needs to have a machine to intentionally put in place the things that will make it grow, alongside the things that keep the business running day to day.
A mechanism to prioritise. To learn what’s happening, and adjust accordingly. But still towards its goal. A mechanism where people know what they need to do, know that it is aligned to the company’s vision and goals, and know that they will be accountable for it.
Get that right, build intentionality into your growth plans, and they become more than a hope.
Because hope isn’t a strategy.
Bullshit. You will never have flawless execution. No one does other than the occasional prodigy concert pianist. We certainly don’t in business. There are too many variables. Too many moving parts. Too many humans!
But we can have continually improving execution. We can build into our business cycles an explicit learning process so that we and our teams are continually improving how we run our business.
So that our mistakes are always at a higher level. So that our intentional and accidental experiments have positive consequences. So that our processes become continually more efficient.
We look at what are the best ways for you to embed continual learning into your organisation so that it is always improving its performance. While your competition is standing still.
The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Businesses are changing at an unprecedented rate. People’s aspirations are changing. Your customers’ expectations are changing.
The beauty of a good vision is that you can provide a constant direction to your team that gives them stability when everything around them is changing. It can allow them to flex and adapt, provided they’re heading to the same goal.
But that needs a structure. Your company needs to adopt short iterative, business cycles. Those are cycles to review how you’re running the business, and how you’re growing the business. If you’re going to build intentionality and continual improvement into the pulse of your business, you need to create that pulse, and it needs to be regular.
Borrowing heavily from the methodologies that have proved themselves in the fastest-paced industry – technology – we’ve adapted an approach to managing change iteratively to businesses. We’re not alone – this has now been used in fields as diverse as the military, journalism, health and business.
We show you how your leadership team can adopt this iterative approach, where you take action, you observe, you learn from your outcomes, and your improve your action. And you iterate towards your goal.