“The only way to create yourself a better future is by actually going there!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
The status quo is not an option, and in fact, can be your death sentence!
That was true before the pandemic hit, and it’s an even bigger reality now. Business models have shifted faster, customer behavior has changed forever, operational excellence is demanded with everything you do – and you can expect the change you are immersed in to become even faster still.
You literally have no time to adapt anymore.
It’s not only those ‘soft’ leadership challenges that have changed, but it’s the science, materials, and product innovation fundamentals that have changed as well. Science continues to accelerate, and the impact is profound in healthcare, energy, technology, and even automotive because it changes the fundamental architecture, design, and role of every single product. Faster material science means the arrival of new product opportunities that did not exist but one short year ago, with the result that the leading edge product you are selling right now is already something from the olden days.
The impact of such trends leads to a stark reality: you must not only operate with all cylinders firing in perfect sync at all times, but you’ll need your mode of transportation to be a literal time machine, able to quickly adapt to the new unknowns that a faster future will throw at you tomorrow.
You used to have some time to prepare for the future – but you don’t anymore. That’s because what you thought was far away is literally about to hit you with full force.
I used to say that the ‘future belongs to those who are fast.’
That needs some updating – it now belongs to those who are faster than fast!