These comments from Ziyad Jawabra on his post concerning Nokia – are common sense.
“They (Nokia) missed out on learning, they missed out on changing, and thus they lost the opportunity at hand to make it big. Not only did they miss the opportunity to earn big money, they lost their chance of survival. The message of the Nokia story is, if you don’t change, you shall be removed from the competition. It’s not wrong if you don’t want to learn new things. However, if your thoughts and mindset cannot catch up with time, you will be eliminated.
Failure does not occur instantly, just as success does not occur instantly. We have enough ‘flags and warning signs’ along our pathway yet we choose to ignore many of them, not for any rational reason but generally for something else – fear or fixed beliefs that are misaligned to the actual present reality. We know this is the case because of our post-mortums after the event – I wudda, shudda, cudda done things differently. If we had been fully present and actually ‘engaged with the present trajectory’ (which is constantly moving to a future point in time) we would most likely have made very different decisions.
There seems to be considerable levels of ‘resistance’ to moving forward with many ‘traditional businesses’. This is a worrying trend, particularly given that there is an increasing number of new businesses setting up in traditional industries that are designed very differently. They are structuring themselves to be malleable, movable and agile, and are succeeding in acquiring customers, because they are purpose designed to be ‘responsive’ to customers needs. Agile does not apply only to processes – more importantly it applies the entire mind-set of the people within the business. A business is not its product or process – it is the ability of its people to meet the needs of customers, this is what creates its brand, its reputation and by default its success or not.
Many traditional business seem the think that longevity, loyalty and tradition will keep them safe – wrong. The modern consumer is none of these things any more. They are short term, fickle, modern and more likely to decide to purchase according to their ‘friends or those around them’ than for any ‘traditional’ reason. Change is really not that hard – and we do it outside of our businesses and workplaces by default. However at work we seem to morph back a century into old structures and ways of behaviour that no longer fit. Perhaps there is a direct correlation between this and the ‘pandemic’ of workplace unhappiness and dissatisfaction.