Reflections on IBM’s CEO Study: Solving Complexity Through Dexterity
The 2010 IBM Global CEO Study, entitled "Capitalizing on Complexity" provides some remarkable insights into the minds of 1500 CEOs from around the world.
Today's topic: Solving Complexity Through Dexterity
Excerpt from the Study:
"Leaders believe that a rapid escalation of 'complexity; is the biggest challenge confronting them.
They expect it to continue — indeed, to accelerate — in the coming years..
"Flexible cost structures and partnering capabilities allow them to rapidly scale up or down."
The CEOs predict volatile changes and uncertainty in a number of key business areas, including global pressures, faster cycles and more risk.
But when faced with such a complex environment, there are going to be two approaches: fear or daring. Yes, there are challenges. But with change also comes opportunities! Perhaps some of the greatest in history.
As Charles Darwin said:
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change."
Do you fear or embrace change? Does your organization have a process to predict and prepare for change? How about a program to create change?
As the IBM Study suggests:
"For CEOs and their organizations, avoiding complexity is not an option — the choice comes in how they respond to it. Will they allow complexity to become a stifling force that slows responsiveness, overwhelms employees and customers, or threatens profits? Or do they have the creative leadership, customer relationships and operating dexterity to turn it into a true advantage?"
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To request a copy of the 2010 IBM Global CEO Study, go to: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/ceo/ceostudy2010/index.html.
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