As a leader, you are positioned to orchestrate change. You may have teams already working together in a nimble way, and a way in which change comes naturally. Bridge these styles (and often unique languages) together, and you will find that leading – and orchestrating change – throughout the organization comes more naturally.
Familiar with Lean? You will recognize the phrase “working together.”
Or with Agile? You will recognize “collaboration.”
Top leadership? You will recognize those phrases and “strategic alignment.”
(When there is alignment and engagement and empowerment, you’ve reached a state of Aligned Momentum)
It is only in the state of Aligned Momentum that performance breakthroughs are possible.
It’s up to you, the leader, to ensure that all players come together to make one enchanting sound. Make communication and clarity a top priority.
You need this to be painless; a small shift to realize a big gain. Or likely many small shifts… a bit to the left… a bit to the right… now back on center… to get to where you want you and this organization to go. Like a ship on autopilot. Wow, that does sound nice. Can you have it? Yes, actually you can.
But there is no way that people alone can manage it all. You know you need technology. And there, you’ve just dumped yourself into overwhelm all over again. You have learned from experience that implementing information systems is costly and painful. Oh, and then you have to involve IT and they are so busy!
And what your or other divisions have spent on technology so far may not have added the value expected.
I can tell you that one seeming failure is not the fault of the technology purchased or the buyers or sellers… it is that transactional systems were not built to add context (from/about people) or offer easy ad hoc reporting or even management reporting. So then lots of dollars were spent on “integrating systems” and getting to that data that seemed locked away. You really had to go to this effort to get to the data you wanted to see.