The businesses that do better than others are consistently smarter. They hire smart people and give them a free rein. They encourage a culture of openly sharing of ideas. They place greater value in being innovative than being right all the time. They are not afraid to try out new things and they are not afraid to fail.
A smart business, like a smart person is more than the sum of its parts. Just having smart people working for you only gives you a headstart but it does not guarantee you will be smarter.
Intelligence in business is the result of connectivity. It requires a culture of trust. Smart businesses and smart people behave the same:
- They share ideas
- They value suggestions
- They consider views on their merit not on who made them
- They are not afraid to be wrong
- They learn from everyone
- They embrace cooperation
- They compete by being different not just better
- They constantly evolve
- They add value to those around them
- They have values and principles they uphold
Connectivity is easy these days. We have the tools and the social networks to make it happen. When it comes to smarts we live in a time of plenty. So why do some choose to starve?
The world is changing. Not overnight and not all at once, but it is changing nevertheless. In my talks to corporate groups, CEOs, VPs and industry leaders I gleam insights of how this change is happening. What evidence exists. Why some things happen and not others and how we can best take advantage of it all to do better. In Observations I catalogue it all. Brief, to the point and open to discussion.