Whether you voted leave or remain, 80% of us now agree that Brexit is a shambles.
There are much smarter people than me reflecting on why exactly that is the case and I am sure only history will have the answer.
But, ever the optimist, I believe we can learn from this right now and I want to share with you one lens which provides important insights for those in business.
Let me ask you this. How many times in organisations have you seen or experienced the following:
Recognise this in your business life?
Recognise this in what you are hearing and reading about the Brexit deal? Negotiated over two years behind closed doors with the EU, in isolation of any consultation, with a mantra only of ‘Brexit means Brexit’.
This is what would be described in business as a classic waterfall approach to delivering a project. We are seeing traditional command and control principles at play:
We know this is flawed. So now imagine if instead Brexit had set out with these more Agile principles at play:
Imagine what unleashing customer-centricity, collaboration, curiosity, listening and experimentation might have gained us?
Would this have helped our politicians embrace abundance over scarcity? And how often do business leaders find themselves in similar predicaments heading straight over the waterfall?
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