|Managing Culture to Achieve Greater Adaptability
|Engaging Stakeholders to Achieve Greater Adaptability
|Developing Knowledge to Achieve Greater Adaptability
|Mobilizing Resources to Achieve Greater Adaptability
Managing Culture to Achieve Greater AdaptabilityManaging Culture to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Encourage a more competitive organizational environment to increase watchfulness and reduce resistance to change, especially when change creates opportunities for increased performance and impact in line with a changing environment.
- Implement results-oriented, decentralized management practices to support creativity and initiative.
Engaging Stakeholders to Achieve Greater AdaptabilityEngaging Stakeholders to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Engage stakeholders in devising a coherent value system that works for all and reduces exclusion.
- Use stakeholder choice as an adaptability mechanism, similar to how consumer choice plays an important role in setting market trends.
- Instead of a top-down approach to addressing a social problem, use a distributed approach that seeks to provide products and services that support additional grassroots innovation (e.g. providing modular solutions that can be customized at the local level).
- Be mindful not to engage some stakeholders while overlooking others, creating a culture in which the social enterprise activity is seen as “the place to be” while traditional social work is seen as a dead-end, undermining social staff morale.
Developing Knowledge to Achieve Greater AdaptabilityDeveloping Knowledge to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Conduct ongoing market research to inform responses to emerging trends and opportunities.
- Use business performance monitoring and information management practices to improve risk analysis and implementation strategies.
- Be aware that temporary setbacks and risks inherent to the “trial and error” process central to research and innovation will trigger pressure to come back to a low-risk, more predicable charity mindset.
Mobilizing Resources to Achieve Greater AdaptabilityMobilizing Resources to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Devise a resource mobilization strategy that takes into consideration the inherently restricted nature of particular resources (e.g. restrictions from grant funding vs. earned income).
- Leverage your reduced focus on traditional fundraising to increase your focus on client needs instead of funder needs.
- Be aware that increased requirements for financial returns might have a counter-effect on building a more flexible culture; replacing one set of inflexible requirements (expected changes in social indicators) by another one (expected changes in financial criteria ) will do nothing to solve flexibility problems.