Corporate Coping And The Failure To Adapt

Corporations are interesting places. Sometimes their intrinsic functions work flawlessly, much to the surprise of new arrivals. Other times they work, but only because their participants have taken to alternative routes which slightly impede the process. Worse yet, are those – typically large, typically monopolies or there about – institutions which fail nearly everyone’s definition of “timely” and are a far cry away from be characterized as “nimble” or “agile”. Those are foreign terms reserved only for marketing literature and repeated ad nauseum to the unentrenched observer. More likely is that they are simply a daily utterance from exasperated employees in the form of  “I really wish we were more …”
What many fail to ascertain is that the latter examples illustrate – at best – coping, and – at worst – flat out failure to adapt.
Both of these institutions are therefore failures in execution. The processes have, or will if left unchecked, mutated from simple and necessary to over-regulated Rube Goldberg machines. And thus both institutions will ultimately fail their staff, their partners, and their customers.
I don’t have a solution to present, merely a sympathetic ear, and an understanding that the alternatives do exist, but that they are probably with the fast moving competitor.

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