It’s time to unleash our inner Architect
I enjoy programmes focused in interior design and interesting homes…some of the most interesting are those that feature the before and after of refurbishment or renovation. Seeing the vision that one or more people have been able to bring to life is a fascinating process, often though requiring a lot of hard work and sheer cussedness, in terms of belief and focus.
It’s that spirit of being pioneering architects and designers that’s needed in our organisations now. The desire for a new reality, a new way of shaping our organisational life and its relationship with the wider world of which we are a part. It’s not a job for the faint-hearted given the scale of shift needed in many areas. For example, properly rethinking our economic underpinning, balancing money (profit and cost) with other objectives such as sustainability, human centredness and producing goods and services that are truly in support of a better world for all.
The scale of the task ahead though is what hopefully sparks the courage needed as we dig deep to check in with our values, review what’s really important and give real consideration to how we do things within our organisations.
Whilst many of us may not consider ourselves to be creative the reality is somewhat different. We are being creative every moment of the day, through how we think, our actions and our beliefs. Whether we like what we create is another matter. At this time in human and organisational history though we do have to be more aware of our inner architect – the creativity we are deploying and the vision it’s in service of. Are incremental changes enough any more? And if we are going for more substantial renovation of our current work ‘home’ are we clear what we seeking to create? Are we being ambitious enough or are we playing safe within the tram lines of what has gone before?
The number of pioneering new practises in business is growing. Two examples include, restructuring employee and Executive pay to bring greater equality and fairness (and success) like Dan Price of Gravity Payments, or steering a business toward B Corp status like Danone, focused on a truly purpose led, multi stakeholder strategy in support of sustainability alongside economic stability. There are many others besides. The limit is only our imagination and courage – the core qualities and tools of any great architect.