|To thrive in 2020
When Satya Nadella took the top spot as CEO for Microsoft, he tells us that he asked himself, “Why do we exist? What if we just disappeared?” A straightforward yet key question for any business whether at launch stage or mature phase. The World Economic Forum (yes, I have been reading a lot of WEF material lately) projects that in order to thrive in 2020, the most vital skill you will need is complex problem solving. Answering the evolving question of why a business exists, or what a business needs to be the best at in the world to succeed can be a complex strategic endeavor with lasting outcomes.
In this age of climate disruption that is impacting infrastructure, supply chains, food production, energy supply, public health, green spaces, and our housing, the opportunities to offer solutions to these complex and intricate problems abound. Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation said, “There are literally trillions of dollars of opportunities for the private sector to invest in projects that will help save the planet. Our job is to go out and proactively find those opportunities, use our de-risking tools, and crowd in private sector investment.”
I have found that many times, it helps to view an endeavor from an entirely different perspective. When Alexander the Great came across the intricate (Gordian) knot that bound the Phyrgian wagon yoke to the pole on the acropolis of the city, he reasoned that it made no difference how the knot was undone. So he brandished his sword and cut through the knot in a single pass. He then rose to prominence as ruler of Asia.
These quantum leaps are what we need in the face of a changing climate. Social and environmental entrepreneurs, financiers, and investors need to slice through their own versions of Gordian knots to catapult them to success.
Let me know if I can help.