“If complacency is the killer, ambition is the antidote!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
‘’ I see complacency all the time in my ‘day job.’ Lots of organizations who think that their business model will be the same in 10 years, that they’ll face the same competitors, and will sell the same type of product.
I’ve seen CEO’s of global, multi billion dollar companies explain that they are somehow ‘different,’ and won’t be buffeted by the ill winds of change. Right, buddy. I’ve talked to people who explained to me that their strategy from yesterday will work perfectly fine in a different world tomorrow. Ok, then. I’ve met individuals who are convinced that some of the ‘crazy ideas’ floating around in their industry won’t go anywhere, and that they can easily relax. Right.
The problem with this type of attitude is that it brings about the evil drug known as complacency, with the dangerous side effects of inaction, loss of focus, organizational sclerosis, cumbersome actions and lumbering, ponderous strategies. All not really in the best long term health for the organization. !
The business world doesn’t take kindly to that type of behaviour anymore. Neither does your personal life! !
When things are easy, it’s easy to be caught off guard. It’s only when it becomes complex that your survival instincts kick in, often in a rush of panic.
Why not avoid the panic stage, and do the things you need to do when you should be doing them? !
The photo here? It’s from a keynote I gave in the utility and energy sector – an industry for which I’ve just had *another* booking, making for 5 talks to senior executives in this space in just 4 months. Like some industries, some folks “get it”, but others don’t. My job is to give them the contract trends and guidance on what is taking them forward, and what needs to be done!’’