With the rise of information sharing and the interconnectedness of billions of people comes a rapid development of new products, innovations, and ideas. As a whole we’re in a state of constant discovery, unmasking new solutions on a daily basis which inevitably leads to the necessity of adaptability. As a digital agency, new methods and tools should help us stay relevant and adaptable, but often times there’s an overload of information leading to a lag between what is happening and how we react. Check out how we stay flexible here at Harbr.
“...being proactive is better than being reactive; it’s the difference between watching something happen, and making something happen.”
Embrace Your Environment
While we try to make sure that everything we do is in concurrence with what is happening around us, this step takes a little more effort on the regular. Knowing your environment means knowing the ins and outs of your agency; things like your values, where you pull inspiration from, and how you could benefit from something new. With those new things however, you also have to posses the insight to know when you should pass on an opportunity. Be selective about what you let into your environment, but be careful not to get hung up in old and outdated ideologies. We have to take the time each day to notice the little changes that happen around us because those little things will leave you in the dust if you ignore them.
Cut The Fat
Being selective about new ideas or systems is twofold: don’t be afraid to pass on something that you don’t think will benefit you or your agency, but also realize when a process you have previously established has become obsolete. Comfort is the catalyst to becoming old news; not 100% of the time, but often enough. We recently just underwent change in regard to the way we track and record time spent at the office from a time tracking app and a task management app to one that does both. Sure it took some getting used to, but it’ll save us the time and headache of switching between the two in the long run. Overall, try to establish process that allow you to be flexible.
Generally speaking, being proactive is better than being reactive; it’s the difference between watching something happen, and making something happen. Half of this tip comes from our first, and that is that knowing the space in which you flourish can help you be proactive in setting new goals or switching processes. When being proactive, it’s also important to have a mastery over risk analysis: could we take a shot at this new thing and benefit? Could we switch to a new process and save time or money or resources. If so, what does failing at this new thing look like and how will it set us back? Yes, look at how something new can benefit you, but don’t let that blind you to what could potentially set you back. This kind of thinking on it’s own is starting the proactive process, so be sure to ask yourself any and all of the important questions, even the ones you may not want to ask.
Just do it. The only way to become a flexible, adaptable agency is to start being a flexible, adaptable agency. Assess your current situation and environment to not only have a better understanding of where you’re at and where you can go, but also to figure out what steps you can take to get there. Eliminate the excess; know where you can trim the fat to streamline… pretty much everything you can. And lastly, execute. Act on the things you can fix and actively seek out solutions, because they will not actively seek you.