03.05.2015

Organizational Fitness is NO longer optional!

By Gabriela Mueller Mendoza
Gabriela Mueller Mendoza

At the beginning of the year many people set goals and review their perspectives for the new year; one of the most common ones is getting fit again after the fun holidays, a health check-up if you will. Today, I'll raise a question about another type of Fitness, Organizational Fitness for 2015 according to the new context that is shaping itself today. Are you fit as a leader? Is your organization? And are your people fit for the new context? By definition an organization and its Leadership is fit if it is ready at all times to handle issues, to adapt and take up opportunities as they arise*. Here are THREE key areas that indicate important TRENDS to watch for in 2015 in organizations (according to top current recognized economic analysis and social development studies WTO, UN and private sector PWC). These trends relate to growth shifts and deeper collaboration in a cross-cultural context. We suggest THREE key questions to ask ourselves:

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1. Diversity and Inclusion are here to stay

Leaders who recognize the power of these two, know that they aren't just about recruiting people from different backgrounds, they're about transforming the culture of the organization into one that is market-focused, truly enriched by differences and powerful similarities, leadership-focused and people-focused. And now more than ever, organizations who are fit for this aspect, ensure sufficient breadth and depth of capabilities in their cross-cultural teams, they make sure they are savvy and trained to effectively communicate across boarders.
Are you and your organization ready to embrace this and achieve your goals?

2. Growth is Shifting

The parameters of growth used up until now and regions of growth are not the same, they have in fact shifted. indicate that in 2013**, there are seven growth economies (slow though with constant growth) and many are not in the traditionally expected parts of the world, instead in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, China, India, South Korea, Mexico and Russia. What does it mean to global organizations? What do changes like this mean to YOUR business? Every business with global ambitions seeks a role in the world's fast-growing economies. Leaders recognize what is driving growth, and foresee if they have the right people to face this shift. Getting fit in those regions and/or partners that effectively talking to and work with these growing regions is no longer optional.
How fit is your organization to face this new growth road map?

3. Deeper collaboration and new leadership paradigms

Trade-offs will be complex, non-linear structures and organizational matrixes will continue to pose interesting challenges. New leadership ways, talent attraction and empowerment of people are shifting to new directions. Well trained and inspired employees, who are aligned with their personal values and the corporate's value system will achieve success with sustainability. Part of that new equation contains a good dose of: autonomy, freedom, corporate trust, open collaboration across boarders and a new role of the leader today. Not much as a guide or path-opener, rather a "skillful gardener", a player that removes obstacles, empowers staff, walks the talk, inspires and is inspired, wants to achieve together, sees the common good, someone who's passionate and has solid communication skills and clarity.
Are you and your organization ready for this new level of collaboration? Are YOU?

References ** Price Waterhouse Coopers Review and Harvard Business School working paper, "Building Organizational Fitness in the 21st Century."