Organizational FlexibilityBy: Jon Stevens, Director of Omation
"Be clear about your goal but be flexible about the process."
-- Brian Tracy
Organizational flexibility is the ability to understand and manage change. I believe that change within OPEX can be structured within our culture, industry, and our employees. When I think of flexibility, I think of a rubber band. You can stretch and change the shape of a rubber band. You can pull a rubber band in all directions. However, if you pull it too far it breaks.
Looking back twenty years, I can think of many illustrations where OPEX has demonstrated its organizational flexibility. A few major examples stand out. In 2003, we were just getting our feet wet in the scanner market. We had a great idea to take a scanner and place it on top of our Rapid Extraction Desk. That was a tremendous success. Since then, we have changed the product numerous times to meet customer demands.
Probably the greatest example of organizational flexibility is our entry into the Warehouse Automation marketplace. I believe our rubber band is being stretched more than ever in this new product market. Yet, we have not reached the snapping point because even though we are being flexible, we are staying within the boundaries of our other corporate principles and values.