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How to survive the new Corona wave?

What a bizar year 2020 is. With the arrival of autumn, the Covid-19 virus is also reappearing in various parts of the world. Social distancing regulations are being tightened again in many countries and this in turn affects many industries (again).  There are so many things today that we have no influence on and that we cannot predict either. So not your business plan, but the way we deal with these dynamics determines the success of an organization. The ability to deviate from the paved path based on new insights. This requires a number of qualities that are not self-evident for most organizations.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change” – Darwin –

Tip 1

Map business impact along your value chain

First of all qualities needed is fast planning. The time for static strategy projects is behind us. No planning between four walls at management level, but rapid planning is the motto. In other words: strategy design. By putting all available knowledge on the table and making a sketch of the intended direction to realize the stated ambition. Then go outside in the field quickly to test, refine and adjust these sketches based on new knowledge and insights from the market.

 

Tip 2

Explore your context

An external perspective is then a precondition. We are dealing with a dynamic market. Full of possibilities and opportunities to create value in new ways. To identify these possibilities, the visor must be directed outwards.

 

Tip 3

Curious mind

In addition, curiosity is essential. Ten years ago, the professional was the person who showed what he or she knew. Today the professional is the person who is looking for what he or she does not know yet. Someone with a curious mindset who knows how to ask the right questions.

 

Tip 4

Co-create

Co-creation is an extension of this. Strategy is no longer the domain of management alone. Together you see and you know many times more. So the input for the strategy, and especially how to apply this strategy in daily practice, must come from the entire organization. Preferably also from partners and customers. This increases the chance to identify new opportunities and, above all, to cash in.

 

Tip 5

Be flexible

Last but not least, flexibility is a key quality to respond to this second wave. There must be room in the process and in the organization to quickly translate new insights into the strategy. The organization must not only be able to translate the insights, but it must also have reserved resources to revise and support the approach. In short, possess the ability to go back on her steps and to take new paths.

 

If you want to remain successful in a market that is constantly on the move, then plans based on analyzes from the past offer no solution. A successful strategy requires a different mindset and a different approach. A dynamic approach with room for new insights in order to stay future proof, do want to know how? Please reach out to us here to discover how we can empower your organization. Otherwise, check our previous blog post about how the entertainment sector dealt with the first corona wave.

about the author
Eefje Jonker
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve gained some valuable insights from the article! I’m Eefje Jonker, CEO & Strategy Designer at Stay Future Proof. Want to learn all about strategy, innovation and transformation? Reach out and let’s talk!
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