Working as an external consultant in the corporate world, I've had vivid reminders of why I took the leap to start my own company and become independent. The stark contrast between the well-cushioned comfort zone of corporate life and the freedom to innovate has reinforced the correctness of my initial decision.
Leadership on Sleeping Pills:
The heart of the matter lies with leadership. It's no surprise that the comfort zone mentality trickles down from the top. I've come to call it "Leadership on Sleeping Pills." Witnessing the pervasive "don't rock the boat" mindset on a daily basis can be overwhelming. People are often hesitant to take risks or embrace revolutionary ideas due to the fear of failure and the potential impact on their bonuses.
Breaking Free and Thinking Outside the Box:
Contrasting this sleepwalking culture, I found myself using every ounce of energy left after a day in the corporate world striving to do the exact opposite: to challenge the status quo and to think outside the box, to find new avenues of disruption and innovation.
The Illusion of Being Data-Driven:
The same sleepwalking pattern applies to the notion of being "data-driven." It's easy to feel data-driven when spreadsheets are constantly circulating, creating an illusion of productivity. Some organisations have advanced to using pre-configured dashboards with monthly updates, while a few pioneers even have daily or real-time data feeds. However, these pre-configured dashboards still fall short. Even with real-time data, the dashboards remain pre-configured and rigid.
Breaking the Cycle:
Imagine forgetting your metaphorical sleeping pill and coming to the office brimming with innovative ideas, only to find the corporate "agile" cycle blocking your path. The process requires the refinement of your request by business analysts, prioritization by the Product Owner, and implementation by data analysts after weeks of waiting. By then, the market opportunity may have already slipped away.
Wouldn't it be more productive to directly question your data, rather than wait for lengthy administrative processes?
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P.S. Say goodbye to sleeping pills – you can send them to your competitors ;)