We’ve built the ship for efficiency, stability and sustainability…
The question now becomes, can we rebuild and recreate it for speed, agility and adaptability?
Have we noticed the world has changed, and not in subtle, but often exponential ways?
Are we aware that the speed and turbulence of change has and is accelerating at an unprecedented rate?
Can we see how disruptive this technological (fourth industrial) revolution has been and will be in the future?
In a world that often supports that tagline adapt or die, nothing less than organizational transformation is sufficient for survival in a world gone VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous).
We cannot bury our head in the sand and believe that the disruption that stands at our doorstep will pass us by unnoticed. The shifts are too enormous to be ignored.
If we are not careful, if we remain more lethargic than proactive to the changes we do and will face, we may find our future mirroring the Parable of the Boiled Frog. Or as Hemingway states, “gradually, then suddenly” may very well define the discovery of just how disruptive “1” degree can shift the environment in which we exist.
The ambiguity of today’s world is leaving us awash in anxiety. Fear and uncertainty often makes us recoil from the plethora of unknowns we face, further entrenching us in status quo thinking and doing. The permanence of the past is an illusion in today’s turbulent and accelerated world.
We can’t conquer the ambiguity and uncertainty that this new world creates, but we can learn to adapt ourselves to it. We can learn to parallel pace this heightened speed of change by becoming more agile, in adjusting quicker and more effectively to the shifts that it provokes in our individual and organizational lives.
To attain the level of adaptability and agility necessary to deal more relevantly with these exponential shifts and the new levels of complexity that accompany them, it will ultimately require us as individuals and organizations to engage in learning that: builds greater individual and organizational capacity, is more strategic and intentional, provokes intrinsic motivation, is continuous and evolving, leverages ‘best’ practices while engaging in ‘next’ practices, creates greater idea flow through the use of internal and external collaborations and networks, is based in a want for better, while being focused on the tenets and principles of continuous improvement.
Technology isn’t just driving innovation…it’s changing our mental models and disrupting the entire ecosystem of the future.
To keep pace in this new world, we will have to become much better in connecting dots in real time, and to do this, we will ultimately find that our ability to learn, and to connect that learning in new and novel ways, becomes our best advantage.
“Though we know far more about everything in it, the world has in many respects become less predictable. Such unpredictability has happened not in spite of technological progress, but because of it.” -via Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World