Intellectual capital - or simply put, people - are at the core of any business. Globally and in South Africa, companies are grappling with acute skills shortages. The ways in which people wish to be managed is changing as the flexible and / or work from home concepts gain momentum, more stringent techniques are introduced to measure performance, the work force in Western countries is ageing, global mobility increases and social responsibility becomes one of the main drivers of how successful a business is.
Organisations are facing a significantly different emerging playing field, game plan and rules compared to the recent past. Their context, the playing field, has moved from being relatively stable, simple, orderly, predictable and localised to one of discontinuous, radical change, heightened complexity, snow balling chaos, deepening ambiguity and widening seamlessness.
During the first half of this year, we introduced the Spiral Methodology to readers. To recap briefly : the methodology is a holistic approach to strategy implementation that focuses on cascading a strategic plan from corporate level to operational level, thereby creating a strategy implementation blueprint. Due to its mathematical underpinnings, this methodology ensures perfect vertical and horizontal alignment as the corporate strategy is interpreted, translated and cascaded to business, functional and operational level.