Last week, 20 minutes before going out, sitting next to one of my bookcases, I spotted a collection of analogue blogs (Essays).
Thomas Carlyle commenting from his work ‘Life and Times’ describes the enormous disruption and change that was effecting the social, business and political spheres as technology. On every hand, roles and positions were evaporating as this phenomena was taken over tasks, bring efficiencies never before understood and at the same time creating massive opportunity and wealth, mentions the increase of the gap between the rich and the poor. The changes he cites are ubiquitous and there is a rapid shift from the way business and processes were done in the past, bowing to the new normal the world was facing. What surprised me was that he wrote this essay in 1829!
Today, business is facing disruption and change, fuelled by the onset of the Digital age, the impending Internet of Things, mobile computing, the reversal of trends and practices that have been our acquaintance for centuries. Brand delinquents shatter old loyalties at the click of a device, the buyer and consumer are taking the initiative, trends are reversed and soon delivery of goods via drone, smart cars, homes, cities and most probably smart anything on the doorstep.
How will you face these changes?
Will you continue to be only a spectator?
Every business faces these changes and the possibility of disruption in their given sector or to the processes that are the current life blood of their companies. Managers will have to adapt quickly and business leaders be alert as the next competitor make not make a frontal attack.
Gary Hamil, the renowned Management author and speaker puts all of this in a positive light and an opportunity for all who will embrace change and see beyond the current disruption in their markets:
“….but there is reason to be more hopeful than fearful, for the age of (business and management) revolution is presenting us with an opportunity never before available to humankind. For the first time in history, we can work backward from our imagination, rather than forward from our past”
Ask yourself these questions as you face change and disruption:
Have you shelved an idea, because it was before it’s time?
Are you still dreaming and have ideas that now have ‘arms and legs’?
Are you ready and prepared for the next open door and opportunity ?
The future does not belong to the learned, but to those who continue to learn