Redefining Success: Embracing a Broader Stakeholder Perspective in Our Resilient Future

3 min readMay 16, 2023

By K2OHSolutions, LLC

As we chart our course through the complexities of a resilient future, the relentless pace of reinvention can be overwhelming. Businesses across the globe are actively reassessing their products, services, delivery methods, and even their core ethos. Traditional concepts of development and testing seem to dissolve in the face of new realities. Yet, amid this turmoil, one revelation stands firm: the definition of stakeholders within our organizations needs a significant expansion.

The paradigm of businesses being accountable solely to shareholders is a relic of the past. In the intricately woven tapestry of our global economy, there’s a growing recognition of the invaluable roles played by diverse stakeholders — employees, communities, suppliers, and even erstwhile competitors. This shift isn’t a strategic choice but a necessity, driving successful organizations to invest in employee growth, foster community needs, nurture supplier networks, and cultivate collaborations once considered unthinkable.

Engaging this expansive stakeholder network and garnering their feedback during this era of resilience may seem challenging. Yet, with a shift in perspective, it could be as straightforward as a series of meaningful conversations.

Dr. Leandro Herrero, a renowned organizational expert, asserts, “Innovation is largely behavioral because behaviors, not processes, are at the core of collaboration, co-creation, and many other ingredients the company must have.” Nurturing this outward focus amongst our teams, we might discover innovative paths forward, even in the grip of fear and uncertainty.

Consider your existing measures for stakeholder satisfaction. Encourage your leaders, teams, and workgroups to brainstorm and document stakeholder expectations, from customers to suppliers. Empathize with their needs, their pain points, and their goals. Then, validate your assumptions by engaging with key stakeholders. The insights gained from these conversations may lead to unexpected partnerships, novel products or services, or fortified alliances.

In these times of resilience and adaptation, a simple act of extending your gaze beyond the confines of your organization could revolutionize your success. Let’s foster a culture of empathy, collaboration, and innovation as we navigate through our resilient future.

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Ready to redefine success in our resilient future? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below. Let’s learn, adapt, and grow together in this era of resilience. #WeAreInThisTogether

K2OHSolutions, LLC is a consulting firm focused on helping our clients build and sustain organizations with a positive, values-based foundation. We provide assistance with cultural alignment, strategic directioning, process optimization, personnel development, stakeholder value appreciation, and outcome measurement. Our goal is to assist our clients in pushing beyond perceived limits to achieve their most aspirational goals.