The Linked Business Models
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned are beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists!” – Roland Barth
IT IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE and CHANGE:
“The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper!” Mark Twain
However, change is inevitable and will increase in response to corporate resizing, organizational evolution, the changing economic climate, a fluctuating marketplace, innovation in technology, and the ever-changing landscape of our work force.
“Either you master people skills or you become a liability. …AND… You either master change or become irrelevant.” Craig A. Stevens
Never before in history have there been this many trends or has this much information been as accessible as it is today. Just to catalog the types of information would take an enormous amount of time. Things are changing so fast that good solid research seems to turn facts into fiction and then back over and over. Just like personal diet plans, organizations are bombarded with information that can only be accessed by those doing the work. Increased information brings enlightenment yet may simultaneously cause confusion and chaos. Even the largest ships of industry, like Microsoft, may change direction or even break apart, based on the whims of politicians. At the same time, other never seen virtual organizations seemingly made only of smoke and mirrors rise like huge erupting volcanoes, some erupting, not exploding like Mount St Helen’s, but rather popping more like bubbles. Companies that survive and prosper in this environment will have to learn how to not only tolerate change but also embrace it and use it as a competitiveness tool.
The Linked Management Models, developed by Mr. Stevens as he worked as a business consultant for over thirty years. At the same time he spent over twenty years teaching in graduate schools and studying industrial and systems engineering, management, and business administration. During this time he reviewed thousands of processes, systems, internal cultures, strategic plans, articles and books on the subjects of change, quality, six sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), ISO 9000, chaos, project and program management, executive management, organizational development, behavioral science, technology and leadership. The outcome is his creation of possibly the only holistic approach to business around, called The Linked Management Models. It is truly a roadmap to success for the confusing times of the 21st Century.
Step 1, Building a Foundation with The Seven Attributes of Excellent Management
Step 2, Navigating Through The Storms of Chaos
Step 3, Understanding The Drivers of Change
Step 4, Using Systems Thinking to Get the Biggest Bang for the Buck
(Concepts Found in the Fifth Discipline and Systems Engineering)
Step 5, The Three Phases of Change in Implementing Your Plan
When Craig first designed The Linked Management Models as a holistic approach to business it was a revolutionary systems approach to addressing change.