To tackle change successfully, respondents were clear that strong leadership is the key ingredient – 97% felt this. Additionally, the capacity to change and available resources topped the list of ingredients required to be fit to change. However, when comparing the ingredients that business leaders believe are essential to being fit to change with those they believe are most lacking across UK plc, the gaps occurred in three areas – a robust ecosystem of suppliers; a long term vision and the right technology solutions.
So, when a number of typical business leaders are asked "What do you think the problem is?" they will say only what they know, and then parrot, "Oh teacher, teacher, it's a leadership problem". In Shakespearean terms "Stap me vitals lads, I thought you were the leaders!"
Frankly, we are becoming frustrated by the failure of UK business leaderships, and the business commentariat, to realise that the key to survival of their businesses and our economy (and my pension, dammit!), lies in facing up to, and tackling the management of attitudes, behaviours and beliefs in a rational, structured and disciplined manner. That means that they will need to abandon their comfortable excuse of Blindness ("Leadership failure", Indeed!) and learn something new, a different way of thinking.