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You are not the story, your people are

In the traditional model, your business is the story. In the new model, your people are the story.

We need to shift to a model of change where we give the component parts to our people, and ask them to do the assembly.

We forget this fundamental principle every time we tell our people to do something differently, and the gap is a lack of ownership.

If your business is the story, you are telling your people how to think about the business. If your people are the story, you are designing an environment for them to navigate which helps them to understand how to create the right path, and to experience for themselves how their individual actions contribute to the business.

     

There’s a great deal of evidence to suggest that what people create for themselves, they value more. Even more so, we like to be in control, to feel that we can determine outcomes.

 

People want to be proud of what they own.

 

In Tali Short’s book ‘The Influential Mind’, she writes that “‘Govern your surroundings’ would be your brain’s slogan, if it had one. Our biology is set up so that we are driven to be causal agents.”

 

Businesses know instinctively that talking about the need to give their people ownership is the right thing to do. But even if it’s talked about, the reality is often the opposite.

 

Some companies have understood how to give control to the individual in a meaningful way.

 

IKEA is an example of such a business. 

 

Their customers do more work themselves, but in turn they grow more fond of the IKEA brand because it has delivered an experience they can share with people close to them, and something that lives in their home, that they can use every day, that they can be proud of.

 

IKEA sells homeware. But their customers make what they buy their own.

 

Their customers are turning their vision for their homes to reality themselves. IKEA provide the raw materials, but it is the customer who puts the pieces together, who in fact assembles the final product. 

 

IKEA is not the story, their customers are.

 

We forget this fundamental principle every time we tell our people to do something differently, and the gap is a lack of ownership.

 

Many of your people are left overwhelmed, and ill-prepared to make the changes in your business their own.

 

As a result, there is a waste of time, materials, effort and ultimately money that happens in your business every day. That waste is people doing a job in a way that doesn’t reinforce your strategy.

 

The way we have classically tried to solve this problem is to train people with new slogans, competences, pie charts, and process maps. To tell our people what to do.

 

The problem is, not many of us like to do what we’re told.

 

This way might have been acceptable in the past, when we just needed incremental improvement, and fundamental change only occurred over decades, not years or months. Now, we are asking our people to contend with frequent, radical changes, and increased complexity in the form of information or networks.

 

By re-thinking this problem from the ground up, you can turn your strategy to reality by not telling your people what to do.

 

It’s time for a radical change in approach, owned by your people. 

We take time to understand complex problems, 

we work together with you to resolve them.

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We have a way of thinking about change and we want to tell you all about it. Why not come along to next week’s conference and hear it for yourself?

Driving Change Conference – 12th September 2019

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There’s a great deal of evidence to suggest that what people create for themselves, they value more.

What if we didn’t tell our people what to do?

In Tali Short’s book ‘The Influential Mind’, she writes that “‘Govern your surroundings’ would be your brain’s slogan, if it had one. Our biology is set up so that we are driven to be causal agents.”

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Recently we have been helping a number of our clients to introduce new ways of working, underpinned by new digital technologies.

Lorry drivers and the technology adoption problem

Traditional models of adoption when it comes to technology in business have focused on the technology itself

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Most businesses naturally cut costs. In the same breath, they will say they need to create long term value.

Are you cost cutting, or value creating? Maybe you’re neither.

In October 2008, internet sales as a percentage of total retail sales amounted to 5.3%...

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How many ways are there to implement a new technology in your business?

What our designers get up to: a simulation with 532,441 possible outcomes

At Zilliant’s Mindshare conference in Texas we launched an application that precisely models the outcomes of critical business decisions

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Stryker’s question to us was: how can we create a sense of shared purpose across our global sales team, in a way that shows them the commercial value in black and white?

We love having a clear problem to solve. Stryker’s global sales team gave us one.

Stryker is a US-based company and world-leader in the design, production and supply of medical devices and equipment such as joint replacement implants, surgical tools, stents and heart valves.

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As the reality of Brexit looms ever closer

Brexit might be new, but uncertainty isn’t

As the reality of Brexit looms ever closer, how can we give our people the confidence to navigate through the chaos?

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Insight

In Great Britain alone there are some 250,000 secondary school students in one form of Business Education or another.

250,000 opportunities a year to prepare young minds for business

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When James Cameron, world famous movie director, was starting the revolutionary AVATAR movie project he had t–shirts made up for his crew, with the words:

Hope is not a strategy

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In the traditional model, your business is the story. In the new model, your people are the story.

You are not the story, your people are

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