Most commonly, the word “ecology” reminds us of Mother Earth that we humans are mercilessly covering with waste.
But that is just one example of what ecology is in general, namely, the complexity of reciprocal influence of systems. If we only take into consideration a single system (let’s say, consumer preferences), we could unknowingly spoil something in other systems, one of them being the natural environment.
In the context of business transformation, the systems we deal with are business units, teams, and various types of relationships, internal and external.
Business relationship ecology describes the environment we live in at work.
Just like a chemical plant emitting toxic clouds into the atmosphere, a boss pushing an email “to all” on Monday morning announcing that everyone must create an account in the new CRM system and register all operations there “from now on” may succeed at enhancing sales (most likely not), but is definitely hitting the shaky structure of relationships within the team.
Typically, as a result of such a violation:
Have your sales processes streamlined for greater revenues, numeric data analysed for better decision making, and team connected for happiness (and motivation).
Yes and no. Ceased pollution would benefit nature, but people would lack vital goods, e.g. heating, and go out to protest. Business, in turn, would lose profits triggering a chain reaction across the economy. That is why even the greenest policy-maker would never pull the handbrake. Instead, they launch long-term pollution control programs including multiple precisely defined steps. At every step, the interests of all recognised stakeholders are taken into consideration and balanced.
To harmonise transformation of business, pay attention to the following:
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