The Organizational Strategist

April 13, 2011

Change of pace and openings for opportunities


-Introduction-

Organizational development includes many activities that organize, align, and implement strategy.  When undertaking an organizational development initiative, like strategic planning or designing, it requires a shift from the busy activity and drive to push out services and products to customers.  This shift is a time where “out of the box thinking”, “game changers”, “paradigm shifts” and other achievements can be made.

-Take ahold of the time you have to reshape your outlook-

Organizational development activities often include taking the time to really think and work through the challenges at hand.  It is easy to get lost in the chaos and activity of day to day business.  Over time, focus and clarity of purpose can be lost or diminished.  Market environments change as do the nature of consumers, competitors and even internal operations. 

As products and services emerge, mature, and become obsolete the very nature of an organization’s purpose can change.  As these changes occur, it makes sense to pause the inertia to examine if the course should be changed with ongoing efforts, to scrap long term efforts, or begin new initiatives.  During these times of pause, the organization can be reconfigured, bolstered, or fine-tuned.  These occasional events are prime opportunity for change.  It’s in these events that existing and planned investments of time, money, and capability can all be put in check to revamp the organization’s strategy and choices. This is where revelations and innovations are sparked.  The outcomes can become fantastic if they are capitalized.

-Summary-

Basically, organizational development allows for a break in the charge forward to think where your organization is at, where it should be going, and how it should evolve to get there.   Continually charging forward can lead to errors in judgment, loss of opportunities, and moving in the wrong direction.  Take advantage of the time at hand to challenge and clarify the assumptions that have been made, understand how the market environment has evolved, and realign the organization’s resources and capabilities to maximize your strategic execution.

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