In June, I had the good fortune to address a group of international business leaders at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid’s IN3 event. I was inspired by the passion of this group, even as we all admitted that today’s fast pace of change and intense politics can give rise to discouragement, even among the most optimistic of us.
Business today, I argued, is more complicated than it has ever been, thanks to what I term '21st Century Globalization'. No matter where we live or do business, we’re dealing with the same difficult political and social realities, as shown by the tension between progressiveness and conservatism, to name just one. When you combine that reality with the digital revolution we are experiencing, I believe we are dealing with a new age: The Age of Complexity.
In this Age of Complexity, all of us – no matter our role or our experience level – are being driven to find new solutions. The growth agenda is constant, with demands coming from our boards of directors, investors, ecosystems and partners. Moreover, the business world moves at record speeds. How, then, can senior leaders manage through these difficult situations?
I believe there are five basic tenets that all senior leaders can follow to simplify their business interactions and drive results.