Not being able to predict with any certainty important elements of our short-term future is the new normal. And it’s is playing havoc with business (as usual)!
Many of our speakers also run successful executive coaching companies, where they go into enterprises and help the executives to improve their skills, change their outlooks for the better and create positive change. These experiences can also help the speakers to provide real examples for their speeches.
The Internet is, and always has been, all about information. A big part of what most of us do depends on us being able to consume large amounts of information on a daily basis. We also need to intelligently organise and use that information to make decisions and draw conclusions.
I recently heard a former executive of Google speak passionately about how to disrupt business as usual by being a moonshot thinker. The take-home message is we’ve entered a new age where the speed of change today is the slowest it will be in our lifetime. Think about that insight for a moment.
Change is extraordinarily difficult to do as all (human) systems are wired for survival, which tends to mean repeating the coping strategies of the past. It is also extraordinarily complex to do, as organisations are comprised of many interlocking variables and myriads of human transactions – which operate both in the arena of the “legitimate”, or formal system, and the darker yet more powerful arena of the “shadow”, or informal system, where emotions are felt, work really gets done, and loyalties acted out.