Our rapidly changing world is forcing organizations to transform themselves sooner than expected. Technological breakthroughs are accelerating the new partnership between human beings and digital machines. Changing org structures and the redistribution of power are forcing us to fundamentally transform the way we work. And workforce demands are dictating entirely new human skills to survive. As these competing forces create new risks and opportunities, higher levels of uncertainty and anxiety will be the norm.
For years, organizations were built to excel in stable and predictable environments. Well defined hierarchies, linear thinking, and a scarcity mindset worked well in this static, siloed world. Tomorrow’s organizations must be different. They must be agile and adaptive for the changing marketplace and inclusive and innovative to foster healthy growth and performance. These changes will not happen overnight.
They will require a fundamentally different kind of leadership at all levels, complete with new mindsets, behaviors, and environments necessary to ensure agility, adaptability, accountability. At Healthy Companies, we have been observing organizations closely as they go through this transformation. We have identified seven powerful practices that are driving companies forward and the human skills necessary to enable these transformations to take hold.
- Purposeful Missions
- Digital Transformations
- Collaborative Networks
- Agile Cultures
- Scalable Learning
- Customer Intimacy
- Workplace Flexibility
In a Deloitte 2018 Study on Global Trends, 88% of senior executives said building the organization of the future is important or very important to them. More alarming was the fact that only 11% believe they understand how to build it.
We believe that tomorrow’s organizations will require different kinds of leaders – people who know how to transform themselves, their teams, and the organization. To excel, everyone must be a leader for today AND tomorrow—from CEOs and managers to front-line supervisors and individual contributors.
Our research has shown that two core capabilities will be required for world-class performance in the future. Grounded Leadership is the foundation which helps leaders stay centered yet agile in the face of disruptive change. Conscious Leadership is the accelerant that results in leaders being highly agile, awake, and adaptive. It is the collective power of these two core leadership capabilities that drive engagement, innovation, profitable growth, and long-term value creations.
Organizations that want to thrive in tomorrow’s world will need to focus on the seven powerful practices. Our next seven blog posts will take a deep dive into each of them, beginning with Purposeful Missions. What is your organization doing to become an Organization of the Future?
“There is a growing gap between the people we have and the people we need inside organizations. Grounded and Conscious leaders can close this gap and unleash the potential lying dormant inside the hearts and minds of people.”
About the Author:
Bob Rosen, CEO, Healthy Companies and Best-selling author of Grounded, How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World and CONSCIOUS, The Power of Awareness in Business and Life.
Healthy Companies helps CEOs, executive teams, and managers build and transform high-performance enterprises through consulting, coaching, and learning solutions.