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3 things I learnt

This week I spoke at the World Business Capability Congress. I had the opportunity to attend a number of other sessions, and I noticed some recurring themes. Here’s my observations:

  1. Despite the on-going contrary wish of many leaders, human DNA has not changed enough in recent years to force change successfully. People still need to be involved in creating and understanding change to make it stick.
  2. There are ample tools, models and processes out there for business improvement and success but people are still searching for the magic bullet.  Looks like plain old hard work of implementing properly is still the only way to make things happen.
  3. Even though on-line and social media are great ways to meet people outside your normal circles and to maintain contact, nothing beats face to face conversation for sharing, building relationships and renewing motivation. That’s why people continue to travel to events such as this despite the apparent ineffeciencies.
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How to avoid ‘Bah Humbug’

Must be because I called this post ‘Bah humbug” that the system then promptly wiped it as I went to post!  So here goes for a second time – apologies if you came here and found it blank earlier –

It’s that time of year when Christmas decorations start appearing in the malls and shopping centres, in civic buildings and in suburban streets.  It’s easy to have that ‘Bah humbug’ feeling, conceptualised by Charles Dickens in his Scrooge character from A Christmas Carol,  as you realise everything there is to do between now and Christmas.  I think this phenomenon is worse in the Southern Hemisphere where businesses tend to close down over Christmas and New Year, and the schools and universities take their long summer break.  A lot of staff in many organizations are on leave throughout January and all this tends to put huge pressure on getting things done by Christmas.  And that on top of shopping, cooking and arranging family travel and holidays.

However its a good time to also reflect on all you have achieved over the past 12 months.  I was facilitating a strategic thinking and business planning session for a client organization last week, and as we went through all the items from their plan over the past year, I was impressed by how much they had progressed, and the many critical objectives and plans they had actioned.  It’s too easy to get caught up in all the things you have yet to do, and forget to celebrate the many things you have already accomplished.

So this week, as you notice the Christmas Carols playing and the decorations that are going up, rather than thinking ‘Bah humbug’ and remembering your long to-do list, instead reflect on all the things you have accomplished in 2012.  There’s bound to be plenty of them.  And then you can focus on having a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday and New year!

Categories: Business and Strategy
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