Friday, September 04, 2015

Managing the things you can't control

We recently released a white paper focused on complex projects in the construction industry and how creating a more adaptive and agile environment can assist in managing things that are beyond your control (you can see the media release and download the paper here

What's been interesting since  is the number of articles in the mainstream media of a similar nature. What's even more interesting is that most of the commentary is how there's nothing you can do to influence a companies reaction to things beyond your control. One example was the Qantas results. Matt O'Sullivan wrote an excellent article where he quotes ex Qantas economist Tony Webber as saying in relation to Qantas' big turnaround in profitability "You can't criticise him but I still think that a lot of it has to do with things completely beyond his control – most of it, in fact"

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Our view is that the best CEOs manage the things beyond their control by creating organisations that are made up of agile teams that can adapt to where the wind blows. Doing this means that if things are bad your less bad than your competitors and if things are good you're doing even better. And, we believe we've built software that can help those teams notice which way the wind blows and collaborate quicker to adapt. One key to this is transparency, which will be the topic of our next white paper due out next year.