This result from the 2008 IBM Global CEO survey (intro here) illustrates the suddenly yawning gap between what executives see as their needs/expectations for change and their firms’ demonstrated ability to do so.
Two thoughts came to mind once I saw these numbers:
- The success rate for “change” could suggests a perceived success rate for initiatives (e.g, projects and program). While ~60 percent is better than other numbers published re: project success rates, it is sad that even this optimistic figure wouldn’t merit a “D” in school.
- How quickly we’ve gone from complacency to urgency. IMO, much organizational wankery that was tolerated — and even rewarded — a few years ago isn’t likely to survive. At least not in its current form…