24 March 2017

Part 1: From scarcity to abundance

In our daily work as an Open-Book Management Business Coach for a variety of organizations we have seen the most diverse challenges and have almost always come to the same conclusion. Most companies take an interesting perspective in facing challenges. Do we look at the challenge from the perspective of an internal problem or do we see it as an external opportunity? Do we want to reduce waste or do we want to add value? Do we think I terms of scarcity of abundance? If we think in scarcity, we brace ourselves. We want to win the battle; the adrenaline is flowing through our veins. We take on the problem. We fight, or sometimes we flight or freeze. This is not always nice, but it’s a way to survive in a world of scarcity. Living in a world like this it’s the least uncomfortable way. You don’t always win, but at least you don’t lose…right? …..or wrong?

Isn’t this weird actually? These past few years, after the publication of our book about Open-Book Management, we have noticed how often organizations look at challenges from the perspective of scarcity. How often don’t we get lost in the reflex of saving costs, instead of feeling free to look for the extra value we can add for the customer. In this we are depriving ourselves and our organization. We would like to help you to make a conscious choice between scarcity and abundance. To have the guts to choose for value creation instead of cost reduction. We want to take you with us on a journey into the world of abundance. In challenges we face globally, in organizations and on a personal level.

Join us on our journey, we would like to hear your reactions and experiences. What do you encounter in your environment? How do you face scarcity or enjoy abundance? Because if you ask us there is plenty of everything in the world. We already live in a world of abundance. Let’s have the guts to share this world of abundance?

In our next Post we will discuss our view on Change Management. When we try to improve our work we look at best practices and we want to copy “what” works for others. This doesn’t work. You shouldn’t change “what” you are doing if you haven’t thought about “why” you are doing it. It’s an open door to say you have to start with the “why”. You probably already know that. Who hasn’t been confronted with Simon Sinek’s famous circles? We would like to take that to the next level. Our Post will be about:

Start with “Who” !

See you soon……

Max Vermeer is international Business Coach at www.OpenBook.Works