“We live in a society where technology is a very important force in business, in our daily lives. And all technology starts as a spark in someone’s brain. An idea of something that didn’t exist before, that once they have invented it —brought it into existence — could change everything. And that activity is generally one that’s not very well supported.” – Nathan Myhrvold, CEO, Intellectual Ventures.
Innovation isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it. But what do you when you’re behind the curve? When the standard tactics that might convince another CEO to update technology just aren’t working? What do you do when you’re dealing with closed minded executives? Do you leave? Do you go to a competitor? Do you just sit on your outdated technology and pray that it doesn’t fail you? Maybe. Some people might do that. Sitting by and making excuses, wondering whether it’s your problem, taking your paycheck and not necessarily worrying about the future of the organization – that’s the easy route. But it’s not sustainable. Dealing with closed minded executives when it comes to business technology innovation isn’t easy, but we think we know what can help.
Here are our best, straight up, tough love tactics for dealing with closed minded executives:
People sit idly by every day in your organization. You can be one of those people, or you can look for new ways to bring your executive team back to the reality of things. It’s not easy, for sure. But what other option do you have? Hope that nothing happens? Hope that you’re gaining more customers than you’re losing? Hope that your executive team has an endless investor that can make up for all the lost income training the new employees that come in? Sounds a little like a dream to me.
It’s time to get real about updating company technology. Just because you’re not the decision maker doesn’t mean you can’t help them see the way. Take action or you’ll likely end up looking for a new position.