Coming Down the Mountain: Coming Out Of This Crisis Stronger
Breakthrough technology, uncertainty and the unprecedented and ever-increasing speed of change demand an organisation that is a fit for the challenges of the 21st century. We are describing not just a better, but a very different kind of way to operate. An organisation built to change; one where disruption, agility and speed of learning dominate the leadership conversation.
Which brings us to the COVID-19 crisis. A crisis has three stages. Stage one: acceptance. Stage two: survival. Stage three: growth. And the winners will be? Those who come out of this crisis stronger.
Amid the veritable avalanche of "me too" advice on how to get through this crisis it is easy to overlook two central questions:
"How will your business come out of this stronger?"
"As a leader, how will you personally come out of this stronger?"
"Part One: Coming Down the Mountain" looks at how to come out of this crisis stronger:
The Three Stages of Crisis
Letting Go of Our Past
Following a Script From a Different Century
The New Normal
Coming Down the Mountain
Why Culture Matters
Appendix one: 3 X 3: Crisis, Culture and Change
Mindset Assessment: Will You come Out of This Crisis Stronger?
"Leadership: Moving Beyond The Crisis" is a complementary book series, specifically aimed at enhancing how leaders respond to times of crisis.
The books cover concepts such as how to come out of this crisis stronger, culture, leadership agility and learning, what makes great teams. Also included are essential skills to enable us to start having conversations about moving forward while taking appropriate actions.
"As remote working, social distancing and workplace transformation continue, companies are starting to look at broader organizational issues regarding digitalization, the future of work, culture and business strategy.
So what is the impact of organizational culture on common employee behaviors and how work gets done when there are fewer collective in-person experiences?"
"The Future of Jobs report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualized within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years."
The Key Challenges and Opportunities in Human Resources - A Study by TRANSEARCH Romania
"Never let a good crisis go to waste" as Winston Churchill famously said. COVID-19 and the impact on people, operations and business give us an impetus to develop fresh ideas in Human Resources and to review Leadership Skills.
During the last weeks we received valuable feedback from our clients and candidates; their approach to the ongoing changes, and how they intend to come out of this crisis even stronger!
We are delighted to share our findings with you. The original survey was conducted distributing a questionnaire; to over 300 CEOs, Managing Directors and Human Resources Managers in Romania and across Europe.
Maintaining efficiency while working from home
Maintaining motivation and engagement
Improving organization's agility and flexibility
Leading through change with an entrepreneurial spirit underpinned by emotional intelligence
Need for profiles in Automatization/Robotics, Digitalization and Transformation/Change
Could a new Chief Financial Officer help a global corporation re-invent several risky acquisitions and engage their regional teams in a new business strategy? The challenge was to find a CFO capable of partnering to turn-around the failing elements of the new portfolio and create a dynamic new corporate strategy all could buy into.
To find the right candidate our highly specialised consultants leveraged our proprietary TRANSEARCH Orxestra® Method, undertook extensive search effort, conducted a battery of behavioural interviews, and took each candidate on a deep dive regarding corporate culture and their ideas for stringing together multiple teams in a vision with shared values and commonly aligned business priorities.
This resulted in the appointment of a candidate we recruited from a larger, globally respected corporation who had offered a compelling capacity to turn things around in the region and a commitment to unify the cultures binding employees across many different countries.
Read the full case study to discover the impact of the hire and the client's perspective.
Talent management is a system within a system: the organisation's culture. Get talent management wrong and the organisation's culture will be misaligned with the customer's emerging needs. Critical talent management actions to turn the organisation's talent management approach into a competitive advantage include:
Succession and replacement
Tomorrow, of necessity, talent management will be about resilience, reinvention and recognising that the ideal organisation design reflects how, given a choice, people would choose to work together. Investing in the most efficient way to develop talent, putting muscle behind the succession process and, generally, building a cadre of leadership talent, will allow your business to survive and thrive in turbulent times.
"Successful organisations are powered by the diverse opinions, skill sets and life experiences of their employees. To tap into the full potential of human diversity, organisations need to hire diverse talent and create an inclusive working culture underpinned by a fundamental sense of belonging, fairness and equity, enabling people to bring their 'full self' to work."
When people support each other they not only share the burden, they find inspiration in the actions of those around them
Insight from "Rising To The Challenge In Times of Uncertainty" by Celeste Whatley. Article published on April 10 but a timely reminder as we tentatively emerge from the current situation. Ask yourself, "Am I the leader they need?"