Interruption creates a trajectory of progressive transition while disruption creates a trajectory of more rapid transformation.
If your business is change or risk averse ‘interruption’ can introduce the opportunity for your employees to engage and take ownership of change incrementally. This is less confrontational than ‘disruption’ and allows the business to experience evolution rather than revolution. Interruption can encourage an appetite and accelerate change by kick-starting momentum. This can build the foundation for a change resilient workplace.
5 different ways ‘interruption’ can introduce and creates change
Your business can learn and benefit from enabling and embracing relationships with start-ups, SME’s and entrepreneurs. Actively mentoring, nurturing or investing in an innovation hub will enable your business to keep your finger on the digital pulse.
You can offset being disrupted and work towards future-proofing your business when you discover where industry, non-industry, and best practices may impact on where your business model is heading. Entertaining opportunity proactively advantages your business in a competitive or even a duopoly market.
Encouraging intrapreneurial behaviour within your business is a natural flow-on from engaging and partnering with an ideation and innovative community.
How can your business do things smarter using digital tools when you are making decisions in your business? Asking this question will facilitate a fundamental mind-shift that will start to evolve your business. Digital tools are only advantageous when they are introduced, integrated and aligned to work and play well with existing platforms and channels. Becoming aware of and learning more about tools and trends will educate your business. Your business will learn how it can improve its productivity as well as business efficiency and effectiveness.
Exposure through strategic partnerships, alignments and affiliations are imperative to position your business to be open to opportunity and change. This is a great way to realize quick wins and stick your toes in the water. A ‘risk’ shared, where the value and benefit are clearly defined, will deliver more gain than pain when done effectively. This is always attractive when introducing a change in direction to an established business.
Your employees are your greatest asset. Investment in their education, enrichment, role alignment and career progression is integral to your success. When your employees have confidence, feel their skill set is relevant and relative this is reflected in their performance. Encouraging ideation, intrapreneurs and brainstorming are essential to creating engagement and ownership. When your employees are performance-enhanced your business will benefit notably in your change transformation process. The introduction of prototyping to visualize, communicate and socialize innovation and ideation will also enrich thinking and drive change. This will assist your business to realize outcomes. When nurtured this supports an informed business environment that will breed confidence and allays the fear of failure. This encourages your employees to become involved and engage.
Technology, when identified and aligned with a ‘living’ digital strategy, will create agility. This can co-exist with legacy systems as your business transitions. To be effective new technology much demonstrate that it can enhance, supersede or be able to address redundancy in your technology ecosystem. Your business does not need to erase your technology footprint and start again to start to introduce change. When an investment has already been made to establish expensive technology platforms a business can be reluctant to introduce a new approach. They may feel that this may accelerate the redundancy of the existing platform. Demonstrated compatibility and a transition plan that maximizes value and reduces overheads will overcome resistance from invested parties.
Remember ‘interruption’ or ‘disruption’ without strategic planning is naive and somewhat foolhardy. Smart business’ must invest in the process of auditing, assessing and benchmarking their business first to make informed decisions that will evoke change. Interruption and disruption are approaches to change, not solutions.
To accelerate your business’ digital transformation journey you need to determine if the approach should be ‘interruption’ or ‘disruption’. This is important to stop your business stalling when it faces changes that take your employees out of their comfort zone.
Originally posted 2016-10-22 15:02:38.