|Managing Culture to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Encourage a more competitive organizational environment to increase watchfulness and reduce resistance to change.
- Implement results-oriented, decentralized management practices to support creativity and initiative.
|Engaging Stakeholders to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Engage stakeholders in devising a coherent shared value system.
- Use stakeholder choice as an adaptability mechanism.
- Use a distributed approach that support grassroots innovation.
- Be mindful not to create a culture in which traditional social work is seen as a dead-end, undermining social staff morale.
|Developing Knowledge to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Conduct ongoing market research to inform responses to emerging trends and opportunities.
- Use business performance monitoring and information management practices to improve risk analysis and implementation strategies.
- Be aware that temporary setbacks and risks inherent to the “trial and error” process central to research and innovation will trigger pressure to come back to a low-risk, more predicable charity mindset.
|Mobilizing Resources to Achieve Greater Adaptability
- Take into consideration the inherently restricted nature of particular resources.
- Increase your focus on client needs instead of funder needs.
- Be aware that increased requirements for financial returns might have a counter-effect on building a more flexible culture.