Malcolm Gladwell helped us think about the roles that luck and timing play in success.
Volatility makes winning more of a challenge now. Many food industry CEOs recall days gone by when their organizations walked and talked and grew with swagger. It’s easy–and sometimes accurate–to credit a particular product or person or customer with driving growth back then.
But those successes were usually the result of luck and good timing.
Today, leaders must evaluate the capabilities of their businesses and people against an environment where the odds of winning are often stacked against them.
Real success is now about beating the odds.
Because if your organization isn’t capable of beating the odds, you’re only just lucky.