“Legacy? Your past should not define your future!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
On this day in 2017? Imagine a room full of 300 CEOs and senior executives, and you get the MacKay CEO Forum, one of the pre-eminent senior-level leadership insight events in Western Canada. I did a wide-ranging talk on the theme of disruption and industry transformation, putting into perspective the stark trends that are impacting and reshaping every industry at a furious pace. Looking back at the fast pace of furious change around us today, the message was spot on.
I took a good, hard look at what happens when accelerating technology trends result in every company become a technology company.
My key message at the opening was this: we are now surrounded by so much change, challenge, and disruption, that our legacy is now entirely meaningless. It’s not what we’ve done in the past that will define our future success – it’s what we do next!
The structure of the keynote gave way to a focus through the next several years on the trends driving accelerating change! This became my structure:
We have a new vocabulary! Self-driving cars, 3d printing, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarm-bots, smart dust, vertical farms, the Internet of Things, cognitive computing, smart factories, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing, intelligent farms, smart clothing! What seemed to be science fiction just a few short years ago has become a reality today, as time compresses and the future accelerates.
That’s the message that I zoned into on stage – here’s a highlight clip.
My keynote description? It hit the nail on the disruptive head:
Take a voyage with Futurist Jim Carroll into the world of tomorrow, today, as he outlines the key trends, technologies, ideas and initiatives that are transforming our world around us at hypersonic speed. A world in which the speed of change impacting every company and every industry is increasingly driven by the speed of technology and Silicon Valley hyper-innovation. One that demands faster innovation, agile response, flexible strategies, and most important, the ability to ‘think big, start small, scale fast.’
The talk came just before I filmed my 2018 Trends video – and so it became the focus for what I filmed!
Looking back now during the era of acceleration that is Covid-19, the world seems even faster still!