Thermometer or Thermostat?
A thermometer monitors temperature and a thermostat actively controls the temperature. But it is in understanding the difference in terms of your business life cycle, that you can gain useful perspectives on intervention opportunities to enhance organizational effectiveness and business results.
From a leadership standpoint, the difference is defined by Temperature Manager/Thermostat Leader. The Temperature Manager©, is one who has some amount of fluidity but operates within known or pre-determined parameters. His options are more scalar, with a focus on "how far up/how far down", but with limited opportunity for breakthrough creativity.
The Thermostat Leader© on the other hand can set the boundaries and is more capable or willing to operate on a vector-type scale, with both magnitude and direction. This means he has fluidity and creativity.
These concepts have implications for the management of the business life cycle, defined in terms of seeding, startup, growth, established, expansion, decline/maturity and exit. Depending on the stage, THERM helps you understand what type of intervention is required, and the type of leader required to handle the business development challenges confronting your organization.
Where are you on your BLC? What type of business intervention do you need and how can you make this change happen? Please comment below or contact us to better understand the opportunities to improve organizational effectivess and improved results.
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