Uncertainty is chronic.
Instability is permanent.
Disruption is common.
We can neither predict nor govern events.
As Jim Collins writes in BE 2.0, a ‘new normal’ doesn’t exist. “There will only be a continuous series of ‘not normal’ episodes.”
GULP. What to do?
It’s never been more important for leaders and their teams to be rapidly improving their readiness. Those most prepared, and willing – the ready – will be able to adapt and thrive. For the unready, whether they realize it yet or not, the future will be a scary and unpleasant place.
Leaders must act clearly and decisively. Accountability and discipline will be key. So will humility, vulnerability, and fairness.
As Collins considers his work over the past thirty years, he comes back to what might be the principle he’s most closely associated with: first who, then what. Successful organizations will be the ones with the right people (RP) in the right seats (RS) on the bus.