Your organisation is a living, breathing, evolving organism just like anything found in the natural world. A large percentage of DNA is standard across the entire natural world but how it is ‘read’ (transcribed) is what dictates the differences that make a species uniquely suited to its success. Organisations can be seen in the same way.
The DNA of any organism is what defines it as an entity and provides the blueprint for its suitability and ultimately its survival.
On a Human level, whilst we have made huge advances in the mapping of our Genome we have yet to master manipulating our DNA. We have however, developed thousands of ways of adapting to our environment and the challenges we face, making us one of the most successful species on the planet. If we could adapt the very ‘building-blocks’ of ourselves then we wouldn’t need to develop coping mechanisms (warm clothing for exploring the Arctic, for example) even though we’re now very skilled at doing so.
“If we could rapidly change our DNA this would be a huge advantage even if some of us might look a little strange at first!”
Organisations on the other hand, have a unique advantage, because they are able to change at will, much of their DNA, with the right ‘engineering’. Despite this capability, many organisations simply aren’t re-engineering their DNA fast enough for the highly dynamic 21st Century environment they now operate within. As we journey further into the uncharted waters of the Digital Age, in highly volatile “perfect storm” conditions, they continue to use coping mechanisms such as proverbial ‘warm coats’ to try and weather the storms that Wales, the UK and the wider World are now exposed to.
Dew Cadre has been investigating how organisations across the globe and across all three sectors have been trying to adapt and evolve. They have been trying to identify the “genetic code” for organisational survival and, acting as ‘genetic engineer’, have sought to develop a means by which organisations can evolve with greater speed and impact… transforming themselves into highly agile, innovative and adaptive entities.
The results have been startling and this ground-breaking work has the potential to drive unparalleled innovation, enabling organisations not just to survive, but to thrive in the challenging times ahead.
John Dew of Dew Cadre Change Management Associates will be expanding on the metaphor of how organisations can be genetically re-engineered from within, so that they swiftly evolve from industrial age “machines” into “organisms” that are agile, adaptive, and better suited to operating in a highly volatile digital age environment.
You can hear him speak on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at the Glamorgan University in Cardiff. To reserve your place email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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