The latest from McKinsey Quarterly is yet another fire-hosing about ‘driving radical change’, ‘transformation without crisis’, etc. etc. Radical change is very rarely needed, most often destructive, and only appropriate in the most dire circumstances – which applies to very few organizations. And don’t come back with ‘Well you’ve got to transform yourself before some mega-upheaval happens to you’ – it probably won’t, and if it could do, then you’d be better looking to adapt than transform.
At least they haven’t done what the late lamented Cap Gemini did – define themselves as a ‘transformational’ consulting firm – before seeing sense and teaming up with ‘boring’ Ernst & Young.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but for sure look to make it run faster, bigger and easier”