Writing in response to
Call for Insights #2: Altimeter Blog Ring and the Adaptive Organization
on invitation extended by Jeremiah Owyang on twitter
I am traveling and don’t have enough time to structure whole information but i hope all collected below will be informative. (As a practice I forward an email called “fuel for the day” to a long list of people in my organization and share motivating/learning quotes with all, mostly from Brian Tracy’s Quote of the day service and rest from the books I read. Collecting most of the quotes from those emails, pls email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be part of the mailing list)
Adaptive Organization is a great necessity of time. We have witnessed a lot of organizations died in past and some are dying now due to their non adaptiveness to change..let me quote a line to clear it
“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. “
– Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert
On the launch of Macintosh computer, Steve was asked if he has done any research on if there is any market for this computer. In a nearly offended tone he replied “Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?
Asked how much research and focus groups are done to guide apple when he introduced the iPad, jobs famously quipped, “None, it isn’t the consumer’s job to know what they want. It’s hard for consumer to tell you what they want when they have never seen anything remotely like it”.
– Steve Jobs, Company-Apple, Sales-$108 billion, Market value-$546 billion
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady
“Comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, then a master. And then it becomes a tamer, and with a hook and whip it makes puppets of your larger desires.”
– Kahlil Gibran, Poet, Visual Artist
“Without a compelling cause, our employees are just putting in time. Their minds might be engaged, but their hearts are not. Meaning precedes motivation.”
– Lee J. Colan
Couple of week ago, i was getting a training on how to take hire the best…the guy was giving techniques and shared my opinion with all that “what i see in hiring someone is the passion inside him for that job..is he a builder (the one who is into building systems and concepts and field) or is a day passer. If he has right amount of fire in his belly for the field, he will learn the tools”. and when i was reading book on steve jobs i came across following lines
“Job’s primary test for recruiting people was to make sure they had a passion for the product. He would sometimes bring candidates into a room where prototype of Mac was covered by a cloth, dramatically unveil it, and watch, “if their eyes lit up, if they went right for the mouse, Steve would smile and hire them” recalled Andrea Cunningham. “He wanted them to say ‘Wow!’“
– excerpt from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Part of adaptive orgs must be busy in R&D all the time and must appreciate employees on taking risks. opening new horizons
The practice of R&D involves making mistakes, realizations, corrections, and more mistakes. Trial and error is a fundamental part of the process. Too many managers in corporate America learn to avoid invention and new thinking because they have been convinced that their careers depend upon not making mistakes.
- -Tom Huff
There wasn’t going to be much room for error. It was the biggest riskiest decisions I ever made, and I agonized about it for weeks, but deep down I believed there was nothing IBM couldn’t do.
–Tom Watson Jr. on launch of IBM 360
Human are working for two reasons either for Fear or for Passion. And what we must do is to change this human drive from fear to passion and miracles will follow. I have written a blog article on this one as well. Had an interesting debate on this one on linkedin as well.
As per below quote, Organizations must also constantly learn. They call it cost cutting when they stop employees from international training and stop sponsoring them for trade shows and conferences. The bureaucracy in the organization boast about it, and showed how many dollars they have saved but it is penny wise and pound foolish. Learning organizations will kept their up to date with what is happening in industry and will keep them engaged and motivated so they keep producing. I wrote an article on the competition in the company between bureaucracy and entrepreneurs. One don’t like change and others are constantly changing
The illiterate person is the person who is no longer learning and growing and increasing his or her value every single day.
–Brian Tracy, Author
job of an organization is to give such an environment to the entrepreneurs within the organization that they can grow on.
Sony is a pioneer and never intends to follow other. Through progress, Sony wants to serve the whole world. It shall be always a seeker of unknown…Sony has a principal of respecting and encouraging one’s ability…and always tries to bring out the best in a person. This is the vital force of Sony.
–Akio Morita (Sony Chief Executive) on Sony ideology
And i must quote Seth Godin (i am a great fan)
How can an organization respond to new opportunities?
If an organization is both pessimistic and operationally focused, then every new idea is a threat. It represents more work, something that could go wrong, a chance for disaster. People work to protect against the downside, to insulate against the market, to be sure that they won’t get blamed for anything that challenges the system. In organizations like this, a new idea has to be proven to be better than the current status quo in all situations before it gets launched.
On the other hand, an organization filled with people who are rewarded for shaking things up and generating game-changing products and services just might discover that outcomes they are dreaming of are in fact what happen. The enthusiasm that comes from believing that this one might just resonate with the market is precisely the ingredient that’s required to make something resonate.
– Seth Godin, Marketer
With their resource and power in hand the have still great room to play and many “yet” Impossible things to explore
In Lewis Carrolls’s book, Alice in Wonderland, Alice is arguing with the Mad Hatter over a ridiculous idea he has suggested. Alice says, “you can’t believe something like that; it is impossible”. The mad hatter replies, with some pride, “Nonsense! I’ve developed the ability to believe at least two completely impossible things every morning before breakfast”.
Development is done by people who proclaim and declare completely impossible things, out of their experience or ignorance.
– Brian Tracy, Writer
Aha just received this quote from Brian Tracy Quote of the day email and it fits this article perfectly well.
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
– Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Player
I also recently wrote an article on an option for telecoms to help them shift looking at upcoming changes.
Adaptive Organizations are definitely required in this world. We have lost a lot and in no mood to lose the stars further,either for their lack of vision or due to the lousy bureaucrats in control over there. I have also a word for these bureaucrats that is Corporate Vultures. They eat on successful organizations weaken it to death, and are the first one to fly off the ship when it is sinking.
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