Are you wearing winter clothing in summertime?
Do you believe the current pressures of economic downturns will pass by?
And, that after the passing by we do business like we did before the economic downturn? Just following the same practices as always?
Surely, no party will maintain that innovation has not happened, especially in a technical sense! However, do you consider the major innovation we have had to follow up on at a managerial level?
Society is in transition…… all organizations within society are, too.
- When you operate on outdated practices grounded on outdated principles your organization will remain in an impasse. It will not pass through the transition. There will be no breakthrough for you.
- When you do not recognize organizations are in transition, collectively, you will never reach the revelation needed to improve your organization.
In these circumstances you hold onto the Going Concern Myth.
Going Concern Myth: After the Economic Downturn, Business is as Usual.
This Myth is one of the seven mentioned in my report: “Seven Myths Compagnies Should Break Through When Searching for Organizational Progress”
It’s good to recall this myth: This myth implies there is no transition. A presupposition based on ignorance. It presupposes you can continue to use the same systems and practices as ever. Regular maintenance and some additional innovation are sufficient.
You could never be more wrong!
We are at a transition and you will have to use oppositely different systems and practices before and after the transition. Both in business and managerially.
I will clarify what mechanism is happening using the following metaphor:
Suppose you do not know anything about seasons. You do not know about spring, summer, fall, and winter. With you, neither do many others. You are not alone in your ignorance.
Somewhere on Earth you wake up. It’s summer. It’s comfortable. Lots of sun. Warmth. Thin clothing.
After a few days or weeks you will notice a change. The days are shortening. Daylight is fading earlier in the day. Moreover, it becomes cooler, even cold. At first you don’t worry much about it but later on you become alarmed. If the shortening of days continues as it is, one day there will be no daylight at all!
Together with you, everyone around you has similar concerns. Everyone is awaiting the day that there will be no more daylight, no more warmth. Meanwhile everyone walks around in thick winter clothing. Stoves providing heat are all around. Everyone holds each other into firm belief that one day there will be no more sunlight on Earth.
Meanwhile, winter solstice has passed by. Regretfully, nobody noticed.
Everyone is stuck in their belief that the shortening of days continues, that a reversal will not take place.
Even well into springtime people are still wearing their thick winter coats. They are stuck to the idea that it remains cold, wet, and dark. They are stuck in a habit.
A reversal like a winter solstice also takes place in the systems and organizations we use. They are built for wintertime but need to act on springtime. And with might and main we try to prevent acting on springtime. We are still stuck in the habit of winter. We are still wearing thick winter coats and hats, and these coats and hats prevent us from feeling the pleasant temperatures outside.
Meanwhile summer arrives.
Nevertheless, it is understandable that we do not want to take off our coats. Never before have we experienced the summer we are now facing. So why believe anyone? The myth is a cultural one.
If only someone could prove to us that summer will return when we are headed for wintertime.
If only someone would recognize the turning of the earth around the sun and derived the conclusion that summer has to return, inevitably.
If only someone could point you to the fact your organization has an habit, assumed to be successful forever, but now successful no longer.
For accessing all seven myths click here
Can you comment below on one believe your organization remains in wintertime while it is summertime?