Like a machine or like a living organism?
Three years ago, I thought that running a business like a machine is nonsense!
Working in corporate organisations can feel like it’s only about…
1. Being measured and compared against certain targets
2. Increasing pressure to improve performance and output
3. Avoiding mistakes
4. Predicting the future
5. Controlling the alignment with the plan
6. Being nothing else than a small cog in a machine
I asked myself: “Wouldn’t it be better to run a business like a garden?”
1. Planting seeds and trusting that fruits will be growing
2. Ensuring the right enablers (soil, water, sunlight) to facilitate growth
3. Learning from mistakes in the evolutionary development
4. Sensing what is emerging now and nurturing the wanted while eliminating the unwanted
5. Defining the essential intent towards the organisational purpose
6. Being yourself
After the development and first implementations of the Integrated Business Sensing (iBsing) framework, I think that I was wrong. It is not about switching from “predict & control” to “sense & respond”, it is about finding the right balance between the two approaches.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞; 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬. (𝑪𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝑺𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏)
What’s your perspective?