How ready for change are you? I mean, really, for proper change…..for big change.
I’m writing this now on a PC that is connected by broadband. In the background I have Twitter running and Gmail open. I thought about what to write whilst on the train listening to my iPod and playing a virtual fishing game on my phone (I just know that you like that image).
Now think back to 10 years ago, the year 2000 the year that was “the future” for so many decades before. The year that had so many predictions laid at its door. Twitter didn’t exist. Gmail didn’t exist. WordPress didn’t exist. The iPod didn’t exist. Smart phones didn’t exist. And if you were on the internet at home, you were most likely dialling up.
But we know that, right?
The pace of change is increasing. And that will directly alter the world of work.
We’ve seen the increasing rise in globalisation. But what if fairly much anything could be done anywhere? With the speed and range of technology, with the widespread use of English language. Why do anything in the UK or US? What is the competitive advantage?
With the speed of development, who is going to train and skill or workforce? Universities? Colleges? Where the information they learn in the first year is our of date before the third year. When continuous learning and development really is critical to business success, who is going to pay? And what will they want in return?
When security of employment is completely eroded. When careers become portfolio careers. Not as a lifestyle choice, just as a lifestyle. Where long periods of unemployment follow periods of employment as labour markets move fluidly across the world. Where skills and knowledge are of an absolute premium and history means nothing. Where you can look almost anything up on the internet, within seconds, for free.
How will we react when natural resources become a competitive advantage? When energy is king and the countries with the natural resources become stronger and those without weaker. Where to stay ahead you need to go where the resources are, not expect them to come to you.
Are you ready for change? Because you need to be and I can tell you for certain, your company isn’t.