Abstract visions of the future or well-meaning promises and expressions of appreciation become reality only when they connect to specific ways individuals can benefit from them immediately—whether these are opportunities for additional income, concrete new skills they can market, a share in profits or decision-making.
If your quest for solutions is driven by the wrong problem, you will deplete your organization’s resources without arriving at your desired destination. You will also miss opportunities for innovation and possibilities for breaking through to a different place.
An article in Harvard Business Review, titled The Performance Management Revolution reports that more than one-third of U.S. companies are abandoning the traditional annual performance review in favor of less formal, more dynamic and frequent “check- ins” with employees throughout the year. These conversations provide immediate performance feedback in specific contexts and aim at future improvement rather than rewards or punishment.
In their recently released whitepaper, The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm, Shelly Alcorn and Elizabeth Weaver Engel review the substantial body of research on the changes occurring in both education and employment and argue that associations are uniquely suited to bridging the growing education-to-employment gap. Read about their findings and download it for free.
Making innovation happen requires a shift in mindset. Case in point: Association for Financial Professionals. CEO Jim Kaitz approaches expansion by building organizational capabilities to constantly adapt to the
speed and nature of market change. Kaitz does not marginalize change by reducing it to new product launches or isolated initiatives outside of AFP’s core business. Instead, he lets small-scale successes and lessons learned catalyze broader changes to the association and disrupt business as usual.
The transformation of The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) Is an example of a change that, although, seemingly non-disruptive, has set in motion an entirely new perspective and represents a leap from products to solutions.
Gary Hamel, the proponent of radical innovation and visionary of the future of competition, challenges us to break out of bureaucracy to build the cultures and capabilities that will make us competitive for the future.
If you are exploring content strategy, look beyond simply expanding your audience and delivery channels.