Thursday, August 23, 2012

O Company, My Company...Don't Get Comfortable!

It’s very easy to hit auto-pilot on your company’s existence.  There are no big issues, production is basically level and employees come to work most days.  Seems to be fine.

Is the goal of the American company to cruise?  T. Harv Ecker is quoted as saying, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”  Perhaps this is familiar to you, but is there motivating power behind it?  The words might ring true, but the goal of the saying is not to merely recognize a truth; rather, it is meant to inspire growth and to turn away from the apathy or stagnation in which you might find yourself or your company.

I have found it interesting to watch companies miss strategic growth initiatives because of being comfortable and thinking that’s good enough.  Ask Kodak or Blockbuster about missing business development opportunities.  Where would those companies be if they had paid attention to the markets and to technology more intently?  What if they had led the charge rather than being punished for missing the charge altogether?

Strategic business growth takes a bit of pain and discomfort.  There will be trials and errors, but that will help to establish a culture of innovation and of growth.  The healthiest plant is pruned so that it will flourish more and produce fruit.  Why would that concept not apply to an organization?  Sustainable corporate growth comes out of a strategic, thoughtful plan with the goal of capitalizing in a particular market or markets.  Companies are desperate to find a way to do this.

While this may not happen in companies today because they are comfortable, it is certainly not the only reason.  Companies may not have the resources, know-how or time to develop and drive a plan.  I have not found the company that says it does not want to grow and become more successful (I’m sure they are out there), but good intentions will not change the direction a company needs to go.  A plan is needed.

Humareso is here to make that plan happen.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Oh, the Amazing Companies We Work For...or Not

Amazing.  That word is used very often in our American culture.  Has it lost its meaning through overuse?  Does it cause a reader or hearer of the word to stop in his/her tracks as it was intended?

The dictionary defines the adjective “amazing” as causing great surprise or sudden wonder (  When the word is used today, does that ring true to the noun it is describing?  I have had an amazing vacation and my children are amazing, but does the meaning in those contexts lose its force when I have also said that my shoes are amazing or that the chocolate water ice I just ate was amazing?

If everything is amazing, then nothing really is. 

So, when it comes to businesses, does the word amazing enter your mind?  Do you only have pictures of Google and Apple when you think of the word connected to companies?  Is the reason those companies are amazing due to their technology, their dress code or their in-house dry cleaning service (ok, I really do like the last one).  In a world where many things are amazing, why is it a rarity to hear it used of a company?

In the US today, there is a lack of “amazingness” due in large part to the overall health of the companies we work for and own.  A natural pulse of the organization is missing, mostly due to the desperate view of production.  Those quotas are often the primary “what I care about” for management and shareholders.  While I would never say that those numbers don’t matter, what I would say is that those numbers may be a percentage of what they could be if there was a commitment to organizational health and true organizational development.

This is a worthy concept and one that needs much more unpacking.  For now, ask yourself a few questions:
  •          What do I think of my organization?  Is it amazing?
  •          What do I understand of the stated values of the company versus the real values of the company?  Is there a difference?
  •          Is the health of my organization something I have even considered?  If so, in what context?

It is quite possible that you are a key person in the health check of your company.  Take some time to consider.  And have an AMAZING day!