There is a famous quote which is commonly misattributed to Darwin: “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” This insight is just as true in the world of business as in nature. No matter how well-established your business, the constantly changing environment and marketplace demands that we evolve, not just to survive, but also to thrive.
This need to change spawns projects. Whether it be developing a social media presence, migrating IT to the cloud, adopting agile business processes or investing in new machinery, most SME’s have an extensive ‘to do’ list. Most businesses don’t struggle to change because they don’t know what needs to happen, rather it’s making time to implement the changes required. These change projects often fit into the important but not urgent time management box, and as such end up being neglected until they become both important and urgent. At this point it can become a stressful fire-fight to implement something, anything to keep us from dropping the ball.