“Turning on a dime” is about how to “turn on a dime” whenever a business needs fast responsive change. This is a topic of numerous great debates with different interpretations, ideas and solutions. All of them mostly wrong.
All models are wrong, some are useful – George Box
The marketplace is full of fancy terms – Business Agility, Lean, Six-Sigma, Agile, DevOps, Product Management, Design Thinking, various Executive and Leadership coaches, Gurus and answers to problems you didn’t even think you have. Not, one of them individually solves your core issues concerning building your business for survival and resilience. The change after change after change that is sold in the market leave you with a host of new systemic problems that you cannot even imagine and fathom and lost time, money and pain to fix over the long term.
Depending on who you ask, each person is wedded to their line of thinking, their perspectives and the answers they would like to sell you. There are coaches who say that singing kumbaya will solve everything, some who will say you need “Systems Thinking” only, some who swear by “Complexity approaches”, some wedded to tools like Design Thinking, etc. But not one of them will on its own be your answer. You need the right thinking, approaches and implementation of tools in your context. You need to engage your humans at scale in a humanistic way to realize their value to the perceived organizational dreams.
The answer to “turning on the dime” of course is working to simplify your organization and remove the layers of complexity. Not all complexity can be stripped away, but if you can simplify the things that can be simplified, then you will be left with the complexity that you need to work with every day.
The goal of this site is to offer you a cohesive and coherent contrarian view to be yourself. Build your own approaches to thinking, modeling, building and growing your organization. Steal ideas, models and frames that work in your context. Think systemically to implement these ideas, models and frames to create your answers for thriving growth and to building resilience.
Something like Lean, Agile, DevOps might give you the flexibility. These are all approaches that allow you to improve your quality, flow and make you customer centric. How you use this flexibility in applying its potential to model your products, services, experiences and innovation to realize that growth and resilience is up to you.