At the executive level, the rules of the game have changed. Just ten years ago there was no Sarbanes-Oxley, the Internet was in its infancy and corporations were coming to grips with globalization. Managing in a global, technologically driven, and fast- changing economic environment requires a more complex set of skills than those needed by managers in the past. My clients are looking for innovative leaders who can adapt and manage through continuous change. —Jerry Bernhart, Bernhart Associates
In Large-Scale Organizational Change, Christopher Laszlo and Jean-François Laugel define the 10 Principles as guidelines to action that “offer an integrated approach to the main managerial processes of a company: strategy formulation, annual budgeting, investment appropriation requests, controlling, and project management.”[i] To support the implementation of the principles in a dynamic organization, they offer some tactics that are designed to work in complex and chaotic environments.
The 10 Principles tackle the central issues of corporate management in the areas of strategy, organization, and execution. However, the focus is on the dynamics involved. Since they are designed to guide dynamic companies that thrive on complexity and instability, they cannot be applied separately. They must be seen as a comprehensive approach. “As a part of a mind-set, the 10 Principles are an effective basis for action that lead
s to corporate renewal and development of the capability to survive frequent and radical discontinuities in the operating environment.”[ii]
Over the coming months I will deliver the 10 principles of Leading A Dynamic Organization to you through my blog. These principles can also be found in my book Business Intelligence Success Factors, Tools for aligning your business in the global economy. Take these tips and tools to add to your arsenal of leadership skills.
[i] Christopher Laszlo and Jean-François Laugel, Large-Scale Organizational Change (Boston: Butterworth Heinemann, 2000), 36. [ii] Ibid., 38-39.