Managers and leaders listen up; your CEOs wish you could identify potential future issues before they occur and everyone scrambles for the metaphorical ‘fire extinguisher’.
Fire fighting wont ever go away – thats just business. but there is a significant portion of business issues that are predictable if you a) choose to have a look and b) know through which lens to look.
Everyone can be a genius with hindsight but real value add comes with the ability to spot issues ahead of time and put in place risk mitigation; or at the very least assess whether the risk is going to be particularly worrisome if it eventuates!
A frustration shared by CEOs, MDs and senior leaders all over the world is that their people are not adept at this predictive skill. It is understandable, we are all busy ‘doing’ urgent tasks and many managers don’t have the luxury of the 20,000ft view of the business. (After all, they are all too busy putting out fires I suspect…)
Just in the same way that modern CEOs must be both microscopic and telescopic in perspective, modern managers would do very well to appreciate that if they could ‘see’ at 20,000ft, and not just 20ft and avoid impending fires, their value add to the organisation would multiply.
I spend time with management teams working this into their management tool kit; and CEOs appreciate the uplift in capability.
So here is my prediction, if you choose not to install this capability into your management toolkit here is what changes:
…and that’s the problem…