Do you believe the pace of change is slow?
You read that question right: Would you consider the speed at which change occurs in your industry to be “slow?”
- You’d better.
Because here’s the problem…TODAY is as slow as you’re going to see it for the rest of your career.
My favorite blogger, Bob Lefsetz, quoted Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt in a recent post…and I was intrigued to learn more. In a presentation in October 2010, Schmidt told an audience at Lake Tahoe that, “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing. People aren’t ready for the technology revolution that’s going to happen to them.”
In other words, the number one reason that the pace of change is slow…is that change is happening as slowly TODAY as it will for the remainder of our lives.
Here’s my strong suggestion: Most organizations and professionals fail to deal with the revolutionary pace of change because they aren’t certain of what and who they are.
They’ve failed to create distinction — in part, because:
- they don’t have Clarity about what they stand for — and won’t stand for;
- because they aren’t Creative in their approach to serving customers and engaging colleagues;
- they don’t Communicate in a compelling narrative;
- and, they fail to develop a Customer Experience Focus.
If you don’t have these Cornerstones in place…the increased pace of change may only speed your demise.
Think of that phrase again: The pace of change TODAY…is as SLOW as it will be for the rest of your life.
You’d better get started NOW to create distinction.