If you were to thumb-scroll through my inbox, you’d see close to a dozen vendor emails each day, desperately trying to disrupt technology as it relates to people. It runs the gamut from the sure-fire engagement fix, the cloud solution one can’t possibly live without, or a talent assessment that guarantees to screen out the ill-equipped. I’ve come to adore our one-click unsubscribe feature and toss them into the abyss.
While it is annoying and cluttering to the inbox, there are some legit strategies that we shouldn’t shove out to sea – especially considering the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) jaws that are ready to chomp.
This doesn’t mean we need to exhaustively flail our arms until we drown, but I wouldn’t recommend lying on your back with your floaties on, either. If you’re thinking, “That won’t happen here” and you keep treading water, you’ll be in for a surprise. If you’re not productively paranoid (Great by Choice, Jim Collins), the undercurrent will suck you under water. Goodbye, FI.
Here are four survivalist tactics that – if tenaciously practiced – will move and shake the FI space.
Survivalist Tactic #1: Re-Engineer Processes
Survivalist Tactic #2: Automate Workflow
Survivalist Tactic #3: Continuously Manage Performance
Doesn’t sound so bad, right? If you use Tactic #1 and #2 to redesign your performance management process, you’ll be a leap ahead on Tactic #3.
Survivalist Tactic #4: Captain Data
There’s beauty in the order of this survivalist list. Don’t go into it like a banshee and start with data first. Data is only as good as its source. Start with process re-engineering – focus your people on being productive and less busy by re-engineering the flow of work together (i.e., set up small project teams to re-invent a process and reduce the friction). As teams learn collaboration through process improvement, capitalize on this experience by continuing to engage and drive your workforce through a process automation tool. This will help refocus people on being productive and the sense of value derived from awesomely achieving an outcome.
Once you’ve got those two tactics anchored, rethink performance management and make incremental process improvement steps (collaboratively, through the ideas of your people… see Tactic #1 and #2). And, finally, keep the ship sailing true north by measuring the benefits with data.
Wash, rinse, repeat. Before you know it, you’ll be an agile FI who can outsmart any GAFA-like shark.
Onward and upward!
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