Thinking in Atoms and Molecules – to accelerate growth
- Ask bold ‘What If’ questions – questions are a great way to pierce our organisational conventions – the role of Head office, the business processes which generate customer value, the needed (and not so needed) interactions between functions. These are more easily challenged when the question forces us to look at the board rather than ask whether we can move one piece at a time (if you don’t mind me using a Chess analogy – Mikhail Tal, known as the “Magician from Riga”, used his bold imagination and explosive playing style to test complicated situations, which many grandmasters of the time could not find a conventional answer to – he chose the board, not the individual pieces, to focus his thinking on).
- Be curious of what capabilities can new technologies (or management innovations) trigger inside your organisation – could they trigger data-driven conversation between teams, beyond conventional interactions? Could they provide new solutions for customers to pilot? Could they generate feedback that pierces our conventions? And would that feedback survive the backlash from the organisation? Remember, Moderna’s work in mRNA was considered futile, a distraction by many in Healthcare – they chose to see the proteins of the time, not the factory….
- Architect for uncomfortable and surprising conversations – Being thoughtful and deliberate can often invite such conversations, making it psychologically safe for people to participate and (importantly!) taking action following these. All are key ingredients into putting new capabilities to work. And as these become the norm in the organisation, the factory of new ideas, business ventures and innovative offerings come into operation.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Saar Ben-Attar (A Connector Beyond Limits)
UPCOMING podcast ePISODE
Ascent Growth Partners and There Be Giants (TBG) have been collaborating for several years now and so, when the opportunity came up, to share from our combined experience in setting bold objectives and executing on them, we invited Roger Longden, Founder of TBG to our virtual studio. What followed was a fascinating conversation on Objectives and key Results…where they matter most. This episode launches 24th May.
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This week, we feature our Adaptive Organisation diagnostic, which has become such a valuable tool for clients assessing their ability to identify, discover and act on new capabilities – their ‘new molecules’ in the making. Based on landmark research by INSEAD, it has become a source of insights for many. To try any of our online diagnostics…