“The global pandemic has created a war between fast moving events and previously slow-moving organizations!”– Futurist Jim Carroll
There’s a lot to unpack in this picture. As my mom would have said when I came down in the morning as an 8 year old with plaid pants, a checked shirt and striped socks, “It’s busy busy.” I’ll run with it.
For years, my go-to phrase on stage was the quote “The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” I took out the attribution – you can look it up if you like. Basically, a guy who is helping to destroy the world as we know it.
The image itself is from a talk a few years ago in London, England for a global food company – their theme was the need to align to faster innovation, disruption and industry transformation. They found me, listened to my message, and had me open the event.
The third and final observation is the quote – and that is something I’ve been using for a time – and which became a part of a future oriented video I filmed in the home broadcast studio yesterday. It’s 8 minutes long, and crystallizes some of my thinking as to how Covid-19 and the global pandemic has reshaped our future, particularly in light of the trends which were previously defining our future.
Think about the context of the phrase : “The global pandemic has created a war between fast moving events and previously slow-moving organizations!”
Now observe the reality of what has occurred:
- Health care organizations and the medical community talked incessantly about the opportunity of telemedicine, but never really got around to it in a substantive way. Boom!
- Retailers talked about the need for a better e-commerce strategy to deal with the reality of Amazon, but many never really became too serious about it. Boom!
- Manufacturing organizations knew that there was potential with 3D printing, the Industrial Internet of Things and Cobots, but never went much being the world of perpetual pilots. Boom!
- Companies talked about the need to explore the idea of a virtual workforce, but many never fully committed to it. Boom!
All of these trends accelerated because organizations were forced into the future, whether they liked it or not.
It’s funny what happens when your survival depends upon it!