Leadership in the Roaring 20’s 

January 24, 2023

The 2020s have often been compared to the roaring 1920s, a time of great economic prosperity and cultural change. As we move further into the decade, the challenges and opportunities facing businesses and leaders are significant and varied. To succeed in this rapidly changing landscape, it is important for leaders to be mindful, adaptable, and forward-thinking. Building a network of advisors and mentors, while correctly orienting the business will increase the chances of success in the next decade. By focusing on these key areas, leaders can better navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 2020s and beyond. 

The Value of Adaptability and Flexibility 

The ability to adapt to change is essential in a rapidly evolving business environment, and leaders who can respond quickly and effectively are more likely to succeed. Leaders that are flexible consider a range of options and approaches, and pivot as necessary in response to new developments. By fostering a culture of continuous learning within their organization, leaders can further support adaptability and flexibility and ensure that their team is equipped to navigate challenges and seize new opportunities.  

Building Networks of Advisors and Mentors 

Seeking out diverse perspectives can broaden a leader’s understanding and help them make more informed decisions. In especially difficult or novel situations, a specialized consultant like Seraph may be the right type of advisor to ensure a project’s success. In the post-COVID-19 era, building networks of advisors and mentors can be especially important as businesses seek to navigate the trends shaping the future global economy. Leaders will gain access to valuable insights and expertise that can help them make better decisions and improve their chances of success. 

Four Priorities for CEOs in the New Normal 

CEOs must focus on four main priorities to find success over the next decade – development of talent, agility, the pursuit of purpose, and sustainability. Talent development builds a more flexible, less hierarchical, and diverse organization that can adapt to change. Agility embeds sustainable dexterity into the organization to respond to the rapidly changing business landscape. Pursuing purpose involves recognizing emerging opportunities and connecting with customers through a keen sense of purpose, which can improve employee loyalty and performance and drive long-term success. Finally, sustainability involves producing goods and services while minimizing environmental damage. This will be increasingly important as consumers and regulators demand more environmentally conscious practices.  

Developing Talent 

To succeed in a rapidly changing landscape, companies will need to build organizations that are more flexible, less hierarchical, and more diverse. This will involve developing the talent of their employees and providing them with the skills and support they need to adapt to change and take on new challenges. By prioritizing talent development, businesses can create a more agile and innovative workforce that is better equipped to respond to the rapidly evolving landscape of business. 

Agility 

As the pace of change is continuing to accelerate, the landscape of business is more fluid than ever. To stay competitive, it is important for companies to be able to respond quickly and effectively to new developments and opportunities. However, this speed must be sustainable, and should be embedded into the organization rather than relying on short-term bursts of adrenaline. By prioritizing speed, agility, and building sustainable systems and processes that allow for quick and intelligent responses to change, businesses can improve their chances of success in the rapidly evolving post-COVID-19 landscape. 

Pursuing Purpose 

Companies with a strong sense of purpose have been shown to outperform those that lack one. Additionally, employees who say they live their purpose at work are more loyal, more likely to go the extra mile, and less likely to leave. Purpose can help companies recognize emerging opportunities and connect with their customers and can be a valuable source of competitive advantage. By prioritizing purpose and ensuring that their operations align with their values and goals, businesses can not only improve their performance, but also contribute to the well-being and prosperity of their communities and the wider world. 

Sustainability  

Producing goods and services while minimizing environmental damage will be increasingly important as consumers and regulators demand more environmentally conscious practices. Manufacturers that adopt sustainability as a fundamental part of their operations will be well-positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the long term. Sustainability should be approached in a systematic and holistic way, similar to the way in which businesses approach digitization or strategy development. By prioritizing sustainability, companies can not only meet the expectations of consumers and regulators but also contribute to the health and well-being of the planet and future generations. 

Conclusion 

As we move further into the 2020s, the challenges and opportunities facing businesses and leaders are significant and varied. Mindful, adaptable, and forward-thinking leaders will navigate these challenges and seize the opportunities of the new normal. As we continue to go through the 2020s and beyond, leaders will need to stay grounded and open to new ideas, embrace adaptability and flexibility, and seek out diverse perspectives and expertise to succeed. For those companies in need of immediate assistance, our team of specialized operational consultants can come alongside a new company and act as a support structure and begin adding value from day one. Our advisors are former management at many suppliers and OEMs and are experts in production and supply chain efficiency. Contact us today to schedule a discovery call, or see our case studies for more information.

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