LO+FTTM perspectives make it clear that you should build responses to changing conditions into your operational processes. You simply can't take long-term stability for granted anymore. What does this mean? In many cases it means things as simple keeping up with periodic maintenance on major capital expenses. In more esoteric cases it means studying the present very carefully to get a sense on where mission-impacting change might come from...and designing one or two possible responses proactively.
Opportunities present themselves on two timescales: The unexpected immediate surprise and the longer-term observable trend. For the completely unexpected, it's important to have a process ready and tested to capture big suprises. For trends you begin to build a capture response, and refine that process as the trends becomes more clear.
Obviously, the same thing applies for negative events as positive ones. However, LO+FTTM suggests another possibility when dealing with misfortune: Convert the misfortune into an opportunity! And, of course, this takes serious emotional training for the entire team or organization to accomplish.
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Dr. Meylan: We've talked about LO+FT as helping people build up adaptive habits. How does that work in real-time operations?
Harby Tran, CEO, RockwoodBrown Advertising: LO+FT systems are “forward looking” systems. They have features designed to handle real-time changes in conditions. From a LO+FT system design standpoint, all of the needed processes will respond differently depending on the way conditions change. Some processes will simply shut off when a change affects them. Others won't switch on until the change they were designed for occurs. The majority of your business processes will have certain kinds of adjustable features that allow users to adapt them to the new conditions in very short periods of time.
Study the present very carefully
to build possible versions of the future.
Generate strategic options
based on those possible futures.
Work quickly to create long lead times,
and watch events carefully to select the best options.