Yves Morieux: “Complicatedness exacts a heavy price”

By on July 19, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Over the coming weeks we will share insights into the speakers we have lined up for the 2017 BCCM Leaders’ Summit to be held at the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane on Friday 10 November.

There are just 100 tickets for the annual Summit and Industry Dinner. Book early to avoid disappointment and for great early bird rates.

Who

Yves Morieux, managing director Washington DC and director of the Boston Consulting Group Institute for Organization, is the creator of Smart Simplicity, six rules for tackling the organisational complexity that is a drag on competitive advantage and innovation in firms.

Yves advises leading companies across the world on the structural and behavioural conditions for economic value creation. Yves will deliver the opening KeynoteSmart simplicity, sophisticated co-operation.

What?

Each day competitive advantage seems more elusive and fleeting. Even if you can figure out the right approach to take, what works today won’t work tomorrow.

“The growth of complexity is reflected in businesses’ goals. Today companies, on average, set themselves six times as many performance requirements as they did in 1955, the year the Fortune 500 list was created.

“And many of those requirements appear to be in conflict: Companies want to satisfy their customers, who demand low prices and high quality. They seek to customize their offerings for specific markets and standardize them for the greatest operating return. They want to innovate and be efficient.

“Companies clearly need a better way to manage complexity.”

Biggest take out for co-operatives and mutuals?

” In our work with clients and in our research, we believe, we’ve found a different and far more effective approach …The idea is to make finding solutions to complex performance requirements far more attractive than disengagement, ducking cooperation, or finger-pointing. When the right feedback loops are in place, cumbersome alignment mechanisms—ranging from compliance metrics to the proliferation of committees—can be eliminated, along with their costs, and employees find solutions that create more value.”

Read the full Harvard Business Review article.

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