Dr Mats tip of the day - 042 - Disruption : internal effects already evident

Does your organization already have email overload and meeting chaos ! Feeling that all you do is meetings - not much more! Have you lost touch with the operational and customer aspects of your business ? Disruption has arrived !


Disruption is somewhat characterized by ongoing, sudden and fast paced change characterised with risk and uncertainty - globalization has integrated so many systems. The internal effects of change is already evident - staff regularly dealing with hundreds of emails daily, getting thousands of emails whilst they are away or on leave. Meetings going on constantly in order to ensure that issues are covered - less time spent on the issue than talking about it or dealing with it. Does this sound familiar ?


Without Disruption planning and assessment your organization is likely to just be in 24/7 response mode, unable to move away from the day to day operational response mode. Fair to say that your organization will not be in a position to be creative, innovative, strategic if all anyone is doing it patching and communicating on issues.


To move out of the response mode you may benefit from some of the following:-


- hire a professional to assess your operations, recommend changes and improvements to move you out of crises to something more high level, controlled and strategic

- do a Disruption plan (my book has details for this) and build a remedial plan to address the issues discovered

- implement project management methodology into your organization - have specific review points, have a milestone plan, implement process improvement methodology, ask for a gap analysis where things are off track

- delegate, delegate and adopt accountability reviews - encourage your staff to make decisions themselves (using ethics, behavioural models and society values - see my previous blogs). Credit and reward staff for making good decisions without using the hierarchy or delaying decisions - when they get it wrong discuss and mentor rather than complaining.

- adopt self reporting on important matters, reduce the meetings that do not have agendas or are not resolving things - avoid meetings that are merely show and tell that could be covered some other way


Yes there are many other things your organization can do to remove the internal chaos that emerges with Disruption.


First of all you need to recognise that Disruption is here already - you need to consider that the lack of focus on customer, controls, creativity and innovation is hurting your operation. You can change the paradigm, but first you need to recognize there is a better way.


If you are a Leader or seeking to be one in the future - you need to read, read, read about Disruption NOW ! Those that fail to understand and adjust will fall behind.

Feel free to ask Dr Mat over a chat or email on Leadership, Management or change issues, advice, consulting or mentoring that you may seek.


These and other related topics feature in Dr Mats book titled "Leading and Managing Change in the Age of Disruption and Artificial Intelligence" - written for the modern professional, student and academic - anyone wanting to be ahead on modern Leadership and Management issues.


Available through Amazon (kindle version out now, hard copy not too far away) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1787563685 . This book has been strongly endorsed - so use this link to review the endorsements, or to preview Chapter 1, table of contents and the preface from Amazon (kindle version button) - consider buying this book or recommend it to professional colleagues or friends/family, students and academics.


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