So, here you are. Reading about this thing called sharing assets again and again. You get it by now: there is no such thing as capacity shortage, there is just a distribution challenge.
For futureproof business development, we need to find ways to organize our systems in a way that is financially as well as environmentally and socially sustainable, and sharing assets sounds like a logical thing to do.
But where to get started?
At FLOOW2 we understand that you already have a job – and you rightly assume that introducing a radically innovative way of managing capacity is going to take time. But wouldn’t it be a shame if your organization wouldn’t get future proof because your daily schedule got in the way?
To help you save time finding out about the details, we evaluated experiences from the early adopters who already reaped the benefits of introducing sharing assets in their organizations.
Don’t manage this project by yourself! You are starting a revolution and are about to take on the challenge of creating a mindshift within your organization. On top of your own workload you are going to run into obstacles, resistance and everything else that comes with driving change. Find fellow-warriors you can join forces with, who also see the bigger picture and can help you prepare the organization. If you choose your team strategically, you’ll be able to efficiently check off items of the list.
This part is essential to the success of your process. Your superiors have to see the bigger picture and the relevance of creating a future proof organization. Whether their motivation is financial, sustainability, or perhaps culture change, they will have to be in it for the long run, make resources (you!) available and have the patience to stick with it if success doesn’t happen overnight.
Make sure to collaborate with other colleagues and departments that will feel the effects of this radical change. No one likes to be presented with a done deal and not being able to provide their own input, particularly if it is turning everything they have always believed in upside down.
Most effective are brainstorming sessions in which you introduce your colleagues to the topic and your vision, assure them all practical obstacles like insurance, safety, administration will be covered, and just start fantasizing about the opportunities. Before you know it, you will be telling each other what stock or equipment should be shared, or even what particular skill could be put on the marketplace.
Nothing is a better trigger for sharing assets than a request from a colleague! We tend to forget the valuable items we have standing idle, until someone actually asks for it.
By sharing successes, you can retain attention, enthusiasm and commitment. Collaborate with your communication department to ensure maximum coverage.
And last, but certainly not least: embed sharing assets in the organizational culture. You can, for example, have it mentioned in KPIs, make it part of order procedure, and make it part of other day to day business activities.
Keep in mind that these are most definitely not golden rules that are applicable to every organization. Your organization will most definitely be different and as unique as they come, but you can use this checklist to get everything ready for a smooth introduction. And remember not to worry if things aren’t going the way you planned. You are about to change the mindset of many people within your organization, and that’s an achievement on its own.