The 21st century is a tumultuous time to be in business. With the rapid rate of technological change, evolving political and economic situations, many business owners find it difficult to operate and survive in the current environment. This is large because the rules that businesses operate on in the 21st century is different to the way it was in the past. Here are the key elements necessary for businesses to succeed in the 21st century:
In the 21st century, innovation is the cornerstone of the success of any business. With constant and never before changes in the business environment, driven by technology and uncertain political and economic situations, innovation is more important than ever before. Only through constant innovation can business not only survive the current uncertain times but also thrive. Businesses of the 21st century can only drive business growth by systematically embedding innovation into business culture, management practices, and decision making systems.
The consequence of a lack of innovation is strikingly apparent through businesses like Nokia, Blackberry, Yahoo, and Barns and Noble. The simple fact of the matter is, if you do not innovate and stay ahead of the curve, you will end up being left behind. This is as applicable to Fortune 500 companies as it is too small businesses. For example, lack of adoption of digital marketing can keep your business lagging behind others and make it hard for you to gain customers in an increasingly digital age.
Business owners of the 21st century need to rethink the organization and practices of their businesses and embrace innovative practices in all areas of business. Only through relentless innovation can organizations survive in the digital age.
Flat Organizational Structure
The flat organizational structure is basically a business structure in which there are few or no levels of management between managers of the business and the staff. Businesses need to be agile and be able to respond to external threats and opportunities quickly to survive in the 21st century. A flat organizational structure allows employees more of a say in the decision-making process. It also increases the time needed to take decisions as there would be fewer levels of bureaucracy. Having a flat organizational structure is also important in motivating employees and attracting talented individuals.
With new technologies such as the Internet and 3D printing, the cost of prototyping has gone down immensely. This allows for businesses to prototype quickly to try to understand areas of improvement. Experimentation culture allows for the business to properly match its product to the needs of the consumers at a little financial burden to the business. It will increase the product’s chance of success in the long run. One of the key ideas to come out of the Internet boom is that iteration is good. You need to refrain from trying to do everything right the first time and need to be willing to try and build things quickly and take them to market quickly.