Productivity and innovation require change, and change requires courage. I wanted to write today about the leadership and insight required to continually improve productivity and innovation.
Leaders are often people who are thrust into circumstances or situations they didn't expect, and are the ones who can convince others which path to take to resolve the situation. Many leaders never had the "rank" given to them, they assumed it because it was clear something had to be done.
It is definitely hard to consistently evaluate and change your business processes, organizational structure and company goals, but that's what it takes to continue to grow in productivity, efficiency and effectiveness. Leaders are people who - at all levels of the business - recognize the need for change and ask, "Why not?" rather than choose to stay in the safe but dead-end capabilities and processes.
Productivity comes from making people and processes at all levels of an organization - individuals, work teams and the enterprise - more effective and efficient in their work. Leaders at each of these levels must step forward to take up the challenge of change and evolution. Many of these leaders will be people who simply ask the question - "Why must we do it this way?" and have the courage of their convictions to make the change happen, regardless of the title on their business card.
What are we doing to sponsor individuals at all levels of the organization to become the "change agents"? What happens to people in your organization who challenge the status quo? Producitivty and innovation is hard work and requires people who are willing step forward when others don't. Are you the lead dog? Otherwise, the view and the opportunity never changes.