This extract is written by Kyle Culbert, SystemicLogic Consultant. Emerging markets have long been on the radar of large corporates as high growth high potential opportunities. The potential of these markets, specifically Africa, are now greater than ever. Africa is becoming a new and renewed focus for many companies wanting to grow their businesses and extend their footprint, particularly post financial crisis. Cons
It seems that organisations these days can’t simply get away with having “just good people” to drive successful change and operational outcomes. The key to driving performance does not lie in the pure formal structure either, but rather how the informal network of people, processes, resources and knowledge components get tied in together to create value. Organisational Network Analysis is starting to make some inroa
“I can’t change the direction of the wind. But I can adjust my sails.” — Anonymous People experience change in a very personal way; no matter if the organisation is fighting to survive or at the top of a growth curve. They need to do things differently or stop what they have been doing. Tomorrow’s uncertainty, confusion and vagueness replaces yesterday’s predictable and stable environment. In spite of logic, cr
It is always interesting to observe the exponential ramp-up in work effort during the early months of the year. But this year seems different. It seems that the so-called time for “talking” is over. The time for “walking” has come. Financial Services organisations have (for years now) made elaborate plans, creating massive architectures and process frameworks and mapped countless application components into disparate
“10…………3….2…1 – Happy New Year!” Usually, this is the way that the majority of people enter every New Year – the way that the majority of people entered 2011! It appears that people embrace the arrival of each New Year and celebrate the start of new beginnings in a grand style. So often in business we hear that “people are reluctant to change” or “people do not handle
I have dedicated much of my thinking to what I perceive is happening in the landscape around me. Ideas of innovation seem to meet me at every street corner these days, so how do I make sense of what it truly means to innovate in a world where the term itself has become generic and old. Change is another term that we hear everyday, but I find it has more utility. I see three megawaves of change encompassing the human
I’ve had some push-back on my views about socially driven innovations and that in turn means a push back on open innovation. When “The Process Innovation Imperative” was written (leading up to 2002), the 4th Generation of R&D was in full swing. The focus was on using learning theories and knowledge based approaches to drive new innovations. I do not think that learning is less important today, it is just more imb
The world is upbeat about the changes in economic activity. Consumers, customer, patients, guests and clients are all spending more than recently (well, a few months ago). We want to feel upbeat about positive change and will look for signs of change to support our views of the major growth cycle we are about to experience. Our “brains” translate the recovery as a trend and the feeling of “it will all be ok” sets in.