Implementing through doom and gloom

Implementing through doom and gloom

Four years ago I wrote about Implementing in the Dark. In it I pointed out that the scorecard for executive teams when it comes to major, strategic decisions is pretty poor. With fail rates estimated between 40 and 50%.

I went on to say that much of it can be explained because leaders were implementing in the dark. That is, leaders are sometimes blissfully unaware of how their decisions will be implemented in practice by staff in their organisation. For all major decisions there are assumptions inherently made about how staff will act in implementation of the decision. And if those assumptions do not align perfectly to organisational culture, they are misinformed.

In today’s world even the most intuitive leadership team is at risk of this phenomenon. Because so much is being implemented with a feeling of doom and gloom. Whether in lockdown or not, the uncertainty of the next 12 months is telling on people’s minds. Playing cruel tricks on every staff member.

Four years ago I wrote: “If a leader does not properly understand these nuances (of organisational culture), they are working in the dark and the intent of their decision is not likely to be realised.”

Today leadership teams need to double down to understand how culture may have changed or is changing week to week.

Stay safe!

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Bryan is a management consultant operating since 2001, specialising in risk-based decision making and influencing decision makers, born from his more than twenty years of facilitating executive and board workshops.

Bryan’s experience as a risk practitioner includes the design and implementation of risk management programs for more than 150 organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Bryan is the author of Risky Business : How Successful Organisations Embrace Uncertainty; Persuasive Advising : How to Turn Red Tape into Blue Ribbon, and Team Think : Unlock the Power of the Collective Mind [to be published in 2022].

He is licenced by the RMIA as a Certified Chief Risk Officer (CCRO) and is the designer and facilitator of their flagship Enterprise Risk Course since 2019.

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