“Accepting your new reality is the first step you can take in inventing yourself a better one!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
As we start to head towards 2021, a year that promises to be much better than the one we have been through, I am mystified. And in fact, confused by those who seem to think that we will simply go back to where we were – not to where we will be going!
I’m stunned by the disbelief of those who refuse to accept that from this point on, everything has changed – workforce strategies, business models, corporate structure, leadership culture, competitive strategies. We are living through the most disruptive period of fast consumer change to have ever occurred. Entire forms of business operations have been realigned. Brands are being redefined in real-time by their ability to align to ever-higher customer expectations. Supply chains have been twisted and turned into a shape that is, by their previous perspective, are barely recognizable. More nimble, agile competitors are leaving behind those who are still structured for slow.
Yesterday, I filmed a clip for my series, Notable Keynotes: Lessons in Leadership for our Eventual Post-Pandemic Recovery, based upon my keynote just over a year ago for a global leadership team for Pfizer. When they had me into Paris for this event, I spoke of a world of fast medicine, accelerating science, faster collaborative ideas, and faster time to market – and much more.
Everything I spoke about from the horizon of a 10-year timeline has come true in but nine months. As I keep saying in many videos: “Organizations have learned something new about speed. There is no going to back to where we were – there is only going forward to a different ‘where we will be.””
Acceptance matters more!