How To Prepare For Disruption

The Year of Disruption

The Year of Disruption

When I think of all the ‘Vision 2020s’ that have been created over the past 10 years, it is hard to believe we’re actually here in mid-January 2020! We don’t know exactly what this year is going to look like, but we know one thing. Nearly every prediction tells us that 2020 will be the year of disruption. Whether it’s global unrest, the upcoming election, the economy, potential market changes, regulations, and tariff changes, there are implications for just about every organization.

Are You Prepared?

As we start the new year, I have one question: Are you prepared? We don’t know what’s going to happen, but we know it will be a year of transition and uncertainty, regardless of who wins the election (and that’s a long way away). How confident are you that your team is prepared? Right now, in January?  Not just ready for tough times, but really prepared so that when disruption happens, there won’t be any question about what to do and the biggest decision will be how fast to get it done? 

Alignment happens when every single person in the organization is on the same page. When they are all working towards a shared outcome with a clear understanding of their place in the process and with the freedom to make effective decisions at the point where it makes sense (not delegating decision making upwards and waiting on needless levels of approvals. Can your team do that?

If your confidence is a bit shaky, this is the time to get ready. 

How To Prepare For Disruption

You see, when disruption hits, you have a choice – you can let it be something people rail against and resist or you can harness its power to evolve and become a more resilient company…to serve your customers more deeply, and to create fulfillment for yourself and everyone you work with.

Being a resilient company is about increasing the resilience of every individual within it…and creating alignment. It has nothing to do with bouncing back. There is no BACK to bounce to. Life is always moving forward.

Alignment is about making sure that everyone on your team, with their different gifts and personalities and stressors and agendas, is working together and supporting one another towards a shared goal AND has the resilience to be energized and elevated by rapid, disruptive change.

If you want to create resilience on your team so that you can come back stronger and deliver more results in the face of rapid, disruptive change, remember to insist on creating alignment FIRST.

Want to talk more about creating this kind of alignment? Call us. It’s what we do and we would love to help you ensure that your team is ready for 2020.