In order to stay head and shoulders above the rest, a company needs to have the ability to create and sustain its market leadership capabilities. Every company should have operational management systems in place generating continuous improvement. In order to be able to do this, it needs to align its operational and strategic targets. There should be an ability to generate continuous improvement almost on a daily basis.
Each progressive company still needs its team of highly motivated individuals. But such individuals, each with his and her own unique set of qualities, need to be happy to have important parts as team players. Important parts because in setting high standards there can be no room for the proverbial bit parts. In other places, they are calling these the dead wood. And given how the markets have been traveling these last few years, these have certainly been rooted out already.
Or are in the process of being pitched out. It has to happen because these days no company can afford to carry it. Team members need to be trained on an ongoing basis in order to adapt quickly to the market and environmental changes. There is a need to become more efficient in the workplace. Always. It is no longer up for negotiation. And you know what they say. If you do not like it, well, there is the door.
In order to reduce costs and then contain them team members are now being trained to eliminate waste across the board. And no longer will managers be perched in their glass cages. They need to be seen and experienced as active members of the team. They are, in effect, still leaders. And by dint of that, they need to continue leading by example.