Business Magazine

Spotting Opportunities

Posted on the 22 August 2017 by Alanhargreaves @RechargeToday

Spotting Opportunities

Prefer to listen? Click here

Spotting Opportunities
Harnessing the value of difference

Leave aside politics for a moment and look at what diversity actually means. It’s a range of experience, abilities, knowledge, strengths and personality. It’s like a variety performance. You might not like every act but collectively it can put on a good show.

I breed horses. In our paddocks there are heavy eaters, pretty trotters and well-conformed athletes. There are feisty stallions and quality broodmares. Some of these horses like humans. Others don’t. Some will be sprinters, others stayers. A few will be flash equestrians. Others will simply be good paddock buddies. Together, they form a herd. 

Herds exist for a couple of reasons 

One, there’s safety in numbers. It supports survival and growth. Two, the diversity supports evolution. In a shifting environment, there’s a  greater chance one of their number will be suited to changing circumstances.

Businesses face the same challenge. The core of the mission is survival and growth. You can’t achieve much if your don’t survive, and even if you survive there’s little joy in static performance. You need to evolve.

Spotting Opportunities
We need more diversity now

Technological advance breeds cultural transition. We learned in history lessons how the industrial revolution ushered in social change. Shifts in circumstances need lateral thinking. 

Take gender issues. That women are more educated, more liberated and more available comes at a time when their perspective is not just increasingly valued. The accelerated rate of change requires it. 

Technology may make things more convenient for your customers but it also makes it easier for you to cross the borders of your own industry. We all know Amazon was a bookseller until it realised it could sell anything. Now it’s a marketer, a retailer, a logistics provider and a cloud computing service. We can see how that happened with hindsight, yet few of us forecast that profile 10 years ago. 

We need people who can answer the survival and growth question that Amazon asked: what else can you do with what you’ve now got?

Spotting Opportunities
There’s value in a broader view

That’s also why it’s not just a matter of more women on boards. I’ve written in the past of research that shows: the education system in some countries is more suited to modern commerce than others; people with high IQs often lack business skills; smart people often produce better results when they work with dumber people; a mix of generations regularly generates a better strategy than a single age group; highly focused managers miss simple solutions that are obvious to more distracted thinkers. We need a range of people on board.

Powerful leaders are no simple fix. Studies show so-called charismatic CEO’s often have a destructive effect on perfectly good businesses. Management academic, Professor Bradley Agle, concluded his research on the subject noting “there’s a thin line between charisma and dysfunctional narcissism”. 

In the new economy, prior experience is useful but it doesn’t always predict future success. As you slowly digitise your activities, opportunities will arise to take your business onto a completely different track. You need people who not only see it but are also keen to take it.

Who have you got in your paddock?


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Wednesday 12th December - Beatrice Buckstone

    Wednesday 12th December Beatrice Buckstone

    Here we are, half way through Blogvent already! Today's is a bit harrowing, so feel free to have a stiff drink handy. It concerns cute little uber-poppet,... Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   Kirsty Stonell Walker
    CULTURE
  • Files.com Sells for $750,000

    Bill Sweetman from NameNinja tweeted out that his company and Sedo completed the sale of Files .com for $750,000. I’m thrilled to announce that @NameNinja... Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   Worldwide
    BUSINESS, TECH
  • Why Blaming Gay Priests for Catholic Abuse Situation Will Not Help Anything (Plu...

    Blaming Priests Catholic Abuse Situation Will Help Anything (Plus News About Cardinal Pell, Anti-Gay Hardliner)

    I had decided as I posted my posting two days ago with an assortment of reports about the sexual abuse of vulnerable people in Christian churches that I'd do a... Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   William Lindsey
    LGBTQ, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Brain Waves and Yoga

    Brain Waves Yoga

    by RamThe Wave by Edvard MunchNeurons communicate through electrochemical signals that are the basis for motor functions, thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   Ninazolotow
    FITNESS, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING
  • Tiki 101 with Jessica Souza and Chief Tiki Tay of Hudson House

    Like many a post-war baby (that war would be World War II, The Big One, WW2, or as it's commonly known, Tom Brokaw's retirement fund), I was introduced to Tiki... Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   Boozedancing
    DRINK, FOOD & DRINK
  • Boeing 747-400(F), China Airlines

    Boeing 747-400(F), China Airlines

    @ San Francisco International Airport, CA June 2018 This 747 freighter, one of 18 747-400 in the China Airlines cargo fleet, is on final approach to SFO. Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • Frank Sinatra’s Navy Blazer for the Holidays

    Frank Sinatra’s Navy Blazer Holidays

    Frank Sinatra trims the tree during the opening of “Happy Holidays with Bing Frank,” the 1957 Christmas special episode of The Frank Sinatra Show. Read more

    The 12 December 2018 by   Nguzan
    ENTERTAINMENT, TV & VIDEO