Hurdle #5: The organizational drift is built on avoiding discomfort. If you shy away from using the word culture, as in “corporate culture”, and look for what is actually happening in organizations without the bias that goes with that word, some interesting things open up as possibilities. What most people call culture we call the drift. If you go to a lake and float on your back in the drift, guess in which direction your body will move? It’s the same with an organization – they all have their own drift, the direction everything is going. It’s “how things work around here.”
The tendency in most organizations is to keep things as they are, to maintain the status quo. In most organizations the drift is very strong in the direction of “no change here.” If you do anything that is going to change things, like implement an execution management system, it helps to know you are “awakening the sleeping dragon,” the drift, and it will rear its ugly head and eat you alive if it can.
The following blogs will discuss other hurdles you need to be aware of in order to be successful in implementing execution management. This education comes from an article co-written by Miles Kierson and Gary Tomlinson.
The Age of Execution is Upon Us!