A classic organisational dilemma. Optimise performance in a component of a business by establishing strong teams that are allowed to insulate themselves – perhaps in Silos – or focus on removing all internal barriers to optimise cross functional excellence and agility. I believe that Leaders can do more to optimise a balance between building efficient teams (ones that develop excellence within their particular domain) and enterprise wide effectiveness that minimises internal silo barriers to optimise agility. Moreover, enterprises that optimise this balance have a better foundation for maximising the value of their organisational data.
Enterprises have immense potential to exploit emerging digital technologies to develop new offerings, continuously improve both existing products and services and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of overall enterprise management. To exploit the full potential, business and society will need to work together to reduce the number of people who are currently excluded from the Digital World.
The opportunity to judge a University Competition for teams of young Entrepreneurs and then Rosebeth Moss Kanter’s entrepreneur focused HBR blog, have caused me to reflect again on the needs that external consultants could reasonably provide on a point of need basis. I was greatly energised by the effort […]
The 20th anniversary of the Balanced Scorecard (Introduced in the 1992 Harvard Business Review article by Dr Robert Kaplan and Dr David Norton), hearing some interesting perspectives on regulation / innovation at a Long Finance Conference and seeing Bono’s Factivism (evidence-based activist) 15 minute TED presentation have reignited my focus on […]
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our situation is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” Abraham Lincoln, 1 December 1862. […]
How can your enterprise secure value from the increasing amounts of data that is being collected through an ever increasing numbers of sensors, stored, analysed and interrogated by ever more sophisticated systems? My strong sense is to stick to foundation principals and start by asking how you can improve […]
The continuing debates around “Big Data” have included arguments that with enough data and enough computer power patterns and trends will be surfaced automatically in future. Is this going to result is less real thinking going into enterprise strategy? Some observers (for example Howard Rohm) have noted […]
To quote Silberzahn and Jones “Despite formidable developments in business strategy over the last fifty years, organizations keep being disrupted by events they should have seen coming, but didn’t, or by events they saw coming but were unable to avoid or take advantage of.” We may in a future Blog pick up […]
As we recruit and develop our people do we place enough emphasis on having people who have the values our enterprise need to flourish and reward our stakeholders this year, next year and into the future? Moreover. Do we provide them with the incentives that will promote alignment of their […]
A day last week looking at IBM’s websphere brought home to me how advances in software have really brought value to enterprises in three particular respects: Functional business users (in Marketing for example) can now make changes to complex systems themselves using very friendly user interfaces – no knowledge […]