You must have a proven ROI. Oh, wait.
The manager must have the final say in hiring his direct reports. No?
Business strategy must come from the executives. Right?
I don’t know if you noticed, but some of the rules that we have used in the past to run our businesses have been… pretty much obliviated.
Not just changed – they don’t exist.
In fact, I’m not sure if they have been replaced by new rules, or if we are living in undiscovered country.
- Like the balance of power in your company
- What it takes to engage an employee
- The mind set and work practices of the upcoming generation entering the workforce
- The push for more a flat and less hierarchical organizational structure
- Organization with less rules, less policy but more creativity…
Shall I go on?
Now I know many of you think that the rules haven’t changed THAT much. You think that basically how we run our businesses in much the same we were taught in business school and how we have done it in the past.
That’s like saying that 1+2=3, which it does, but if we are to change one variable, the outcome can drastically change. But too many companies are trying to make 11+2 still equal 3.
When you lose control over just a few rules – but not all of them – of how your company runs and one of those variables change, so does your business operation.
So let’s stop pretending we know what the rules are because right now, they don’t exist and new rules are being written as we speak.
Rather than play it safe and stay with the old, we need to be explorers and discover the new. Only then will we realize that the old safe is actually more dangerous than the new risky.