Rethink your business — Innovate, Get uncomfy and change

Traditional way of doing business is changing. Average life-span of an employee on a job is decreasing from 20 years, five decades ago to 2-3 years today. Markets have become perfect (or are becoming close to perfect). Information about anything and everything is freely available. Companies, Managers, bosses, traders, and insiders thrived because of information zealously guarded. The digital age has set it free. Google is disrupting the ad sales model, YouTube is kicking out the Television advertising exec. sitting at the top. What we are leaning towards is a business which is changing at the speed of light. The digital age kicked the travel agents out, online trading kicked the $40 per transaction stock broker out and craigslist is making the newspaper classified business crying afoul. Fortune has an interesting article on how guarded walls of management is seeing change in business.
Here’s how to rethink your business:
Tough talk
Force a conversation on how the company will have to operate differently to be successful two years from now. Otherwise everyone dwells on today’s successful products.
Yellow flags
Pay close attention to what your sharpest, most mobile customers are doing. They’re your early warning of
business-model problems.
Remodel early
Start changing your business model when you’re most successful. When you’re in trouble, it’s too late.
Abandon yesterday
Maintaining what no longer works draws your most valuable resources away from your No. 1 job, creating tomorrow.
A new, improved story line
Explain the company’s changes within a larger context. Employees, investors, customers, and suppliers are more comfortable with change when it’s presented as part of a story line.
Corporations resist change and management often get in the “cruise control” of status quo. Globalization of economies (“flat world”) and access to remote markets, suppliers, and customers have changed the way companies project and view their future earnings potential. It’s no longer the big eat the small; it’s the fast, nimble and agile let the big delapidate under it’s own weight.

Comments are closed.