The first camp in the make it happen camp (fire element) which is the model that most corporations lead by. This lives room for little creativity and it main focus is order and making sure order is maintained. I am not against this because depending on the industry or team this can be very effective. The challenge is that once most of us get stuck in a formula that is so routine human error kicks in and mistakes are made. I believe that in today’s world it is important to give the employees more flexibility which will create loyalty. Great business leaders throughout history have used contest and incentives while asking employees for their opinion on how to make the company more efficient and profitable. This being said very few people can handle this freedom all the time which leads to pure chaos.
Next we have the let it happen camp (water element) which how most great corporations get their start or how other corporations never survive. This is built off of a more lean approach and it gives a company the freedom to twist and turn being guided by its original ideals. Usually when a company starts off it is more important to have the flexibility to turn in many directions trying to find their identity that is the most socially responsible and profitable and in alignment with their core values. This model is more excepting of embracing chaos and changing directions to launch the company in its initial growth phase.
Companies today need to be more lean trust me you don’t have to love change to reap the benefits. When times are tough or you see a competitive niche that your company wants to go after it is a lot easier to come up with a solution the sooner you embrace change. Here are some good questions that can help your company get grounded in uncertain times. What part of our businesses model needs a makeover? Which team or department would be the most suitable to handle this? How can we use this misfortune to grow our business model in the near future?