Nothing in recent history has exerted a greater influence on business change than COVID-19. The pandemic forced all types of businesses to embrace new ways of doing business, ultimately driving greater innovation and creating a new, thriving economy.
Creating a business that succeeds involves fostering a decision-making process that enables the organization to make solution-centric decisions. It’s a move away from a hierarchal process to one that places decision-making in the trenches of the day-to-day work, creates an organizational structure that eliminates information silos and shares decision-making with the most experienced, informed employees. How do you do this?
I know you’ve had the nightmare. You know, that one! You are driving along at some unlawful speed down a dark windy road. Typically, there is an urgency to either escape some pursuing peril or there is the overwhelming desire to reach a nebulous destination to accomplish some life or death feat. It doesn’t really matter whether the latter or former is the case. What is constant is the incremental loss of control of the vehicle as you progress down that winding road. You lose control more and more until that final moment in which you are completely at the mercy of the speeding vehicle, which may I add, always seems to occur at the most treacherous stretch of the road. I have come to understand that this nightmare is not unique to me as it is one of the most popular recurring nightmares among Americans.
It was to be the comeback of all comebacks. The most celebrated athlete in the world was making his grand return from a nearly two-year hiatus to the sport that he loved. He was returning to his old teammates and old city, both of whom desperately awaited his return. The world waited with bated breath as the Chicago Bulls made their way through the remainder of the 1994-1995 season poised to seriously contend for the NBA championship. The city of Chicago was practically bursting with excitement and had started making the plans for the celebratory parade to conclude that season as they cheered the return of the championship trophy to their city. Enter REALITY!
John Tardy is a principal consultant at Starr & Associates and leads the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics practice area. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. He has worked with start-ups and served in senior leadership roles with some of the most recognized brands in the country. He pairs a depth of technical expertise with business savvy to deliver practical and impactful solutions for his clients.