Business development in turbulent times

 

Synopsis: The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has over the past weeks changed all our lives profoundly, in ways that few people would have imagined just a couple of months ago. Navigating a highly uncertain and constantly changing context, while actively contributing to building the future that we want to see, has never been more important.

 

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has over the past weeks changed all our lives profoundly, in ways that few people would have imagined just a couple of months ago. This type of rapid change, which cascades around the world with ripple effects across different sectors, from human health to our economies, to geopolitical relations and to the environment, is a typical feature of our time in history – the Anthropocene.

In Prosperous Planet’s first white paper, which we posted just a couple of weeks ago (before all this started) and which focused on what the Anthropocene means for business development, we concluded that running a successful business will, from now on, require a fundamentally new set of strategies because of the globalized, hyper-connected, and rapidly changing reality of the world today.

In our second white paper, posted shortly after, we elaborated why these strategies must focus on sustainability, and why companies need to aim beyond break-even in their sustainability work, contributing real solutions to the global grand challenges that we face today, in order to succeed in the Anthropocene.

The current global crisis highlights the need for companies to develop such strategies now. Navigating a highly uncertain and constantly changing context, while actively contributing to building the future that we want to see, has never been more important. This goes for large and small companies, in all kinds of sectors. And while we know that thinking long-term can be a challenge when you are struggling to survive the day, we also know that this is exactly what is needed, because the Anthropocene is here to stay. And it changes everything, for everyone, everywhere; moving sustainability from a peripheral concern to the center stage of business development, and making the capacity to develop in the face of change a defining feature of successful companies.

One way forward is to look at the Delta model, developed by us at Prosperous Planet. It combines a theoretical framework and an innovation process that helps companies navigate the changes of the Anthropocene, towards business opportunities beyond break-even sustainability. The Delta model weaves together the latest insights from the sustainability science frontier, with cutting edge thinking on innovation in business development, and the most current theories on organizational change management. The result is powerful, as these issues, although often treated separately, all need to be considered in a coordinated manner to unlock a company’s full Anthropocene potential.

 

 

Based on the Delta model, Prosperous Planet has developed a range of services within education & training, trend analyses, strategy development, and organizational change management, designed specifically to help companies turn crisis into opportunities, and build a better world along the way. While each company and each challenge is unique, here are some things that we might be able to help with, as you now begin the process of figuring out where your company will be heading ‘post-corona’:

Consultancy services

  • Macro-trend analysis – understanding risks and opportunities in the Anthropocene
  • Strategy development to unlock the Anthropocene potential
  • Analysis of the opportunity context for organizational system change
  • Coaching the implementation of the Delta innovation process

Education and training services

  • Welcome to the Anthropocene – looking at the world through a new lens
  • Business development beyond break-even – why the right kind of sustainability work pays off
  • The Delta innovation process – navigating change towards a prosperous future
  • Get ready for the transformative journey – how to capacitate a team of innovative change agents

 

You can read more about what we do, why the Anthropocene is such a game-changer for business, and about the Delta framework and innovation process on www.prosperousplanet.com.

Founder and CEO at Prosperous Planet AB | Former Stockholm Resilience Centre scientist