“The real impact of covid on business? We’ve compressed 10 years of change into but 6 months! We’ve learned to operate at speed, and there is no going back!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Check the smile! Do you think I’m happy to be back on a real stage?
This is a photo from last weeks’ opening keynote in Detroit for PMMI – the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute. They invited me back in for a look at the future after they originally had me back in 2003 for a focus on the future of consumer goods, packaging, manufacturing, and retail. I referred to a few of those slides in the opening moments of my talk as a bit of refresher of our faster future – and can see that even then, I was accurately predicting what comes next.
It’s good to be back, even though we all know that the road forward from here remains tenuous and rocky at best.
I’ve got a staged clip of this portion of the talk, albeit with slides:
What did I cover? Consider the reality of what we have learned through these remarkable times:
- we compressed 10 years of change into but 6 months
- the result is that major trends accelerated
- such that organizations learned something new about speed!
- and agility and flexibility became critical!
- the impact is that business models shifted faster
- as people become more adaptable to new interaction methods!
- the attitude ‘it can’t be done!’ disappeared
- and decision-making paralysis disappeared
- a slow organizational structure was put under a microscope
- old barriers to new ideas disappeared
- and getting it done became the rallying cry!
And now? Organizations are busy learning how to keep what they’ve learned – how can we sustain the momentum.
As I noted at the close – if pre-pandemic the future belonged to those who are fast – it now belongs to those who are even faster!
Here’s to 2022!