In the previous two articles I have talked about the need for a vision with an ambition and the need to cultivate leaders. I have talked about the importance of policy. It, however, strikes me that who will make policy? Policy is the product created by people. So we have read about the importance of hiring the right people. But who will hire the right people? Only somebody who believes in it as a concept and is willing to implement it in practice. Moreover, it does not end here and the company needs to be ready with at least ambition-vision + cultivate leadership mindset so as it can make full use of the right people and retain them. Bottom-up changes are generally painful and often viewed with suspicion by almost everybody at top. Top-down changes without getting people involved are viewed similarly by people who are not party to it. The next pre-requisite, then, is a lot of communication and flexibility within the limits of the clearly defined vision/ policy.
The organization is defined by its people. Nevertheless, people cannot operate in a vacuum. Having a leader that nurtures such people and inculcates a sense of pride and ownership in them without duping them is a rarity, and can be a supremely powerful force in the growth of a company.
What has to be remembered, though, is that no policy, no vision can be immutable. If there is one certainty in this universe, it is change. More so in the technical world. The playing field can change completely in few years at best and few months at worse, such is the speed of change. The only defence can be having the right people and cultivating in them a spirit of learning and leadership. I would call it a "nursery" of leaders, hiring brilliant people and preparing them to rise