Go back with me for a moment to the 15th Century. It’s the Age of Enlightenment, a time marked by unprecedented progress and disruption. Information reached the masses through Gutenberg’s breakthrough printing press. Philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau pondered the relationship between people and government. Leaders emerged from across society, asking questions of the religious, wealthy, and aristocratic ruling classes. Citizens questioned the idea of monarchies. Scientists debated the principles of the universe.
Posted by Dave Baber
Oct 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM
Desynchronization is caused by variances in the pace of change. It creates friction between individuals, organizations, and societies. A leader’s ability to rapidly interpret and act on the pace of change will determine how opportunities and risks impact their business. Successful leaders must understand and appreciate not just the change, but why the pace of change is varying.
Posted by Nina Martire
Jun 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM
Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans will allow this population to travel and work later in life, creating new needs and opportunities. By understanding the shifting demographics and the needs of the new population, your organization can take advantage of future opportunities.
Posted by Tyler Sweatt
May 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM
Every day, powerful new technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, automation, and robotics are emerging and forcing leaders to rethink their organization and to consider a host of unknowns for their future. They’re coming into the marketplace faster than ever, are increasingly complex, and are disrupting how many institutions operate. It’s not surprising that many leaders struggle to understand how to engage new resources, how to introduce and explain them to their people – and even whether they should.
In almost every industry and sector, AI is opening up new possibilities and forcing us to think outside of long-held paradigms. As these burgeoning resources reshape how we approach business, two related points emerge as vital. First, while the ‘wow’ factor of AI and machine learning is high, it would be dangerous to overestimate the value of cognitive technologies. Second, organizational leaders must be involved in the decisions to invest in and adopt technologies based on how the resources will enhance workforce performance.
There is little doubt that we will continue to see a future that employs automated machines and other technology solutions to perform knowledge tasks and data analysis. As that happens, it is important for organizations to recognize these solutions as combined human-machine institutions – not as segmented machines or tools.
Posted by Tyler Sweatt
Dec 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM
China has the world’s largest population (1.37 billion) and in 2014, the country surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy (GDP based on purchasing power parity). Today, the country is abolishing a 35-year-old One Child policy and discussing impactful changes to its foreign investment rules. For global businesses, these changes make it imperative to consider how they will address future market implications of massive population growth in the face of operational constraints.
Lately, we’ve been working to understand the implications of two seemingly disparate advancements.
The first concerns an action taken by the Department of Defense this summer. The DOD let a massive new contract for its Defense Healthcare Management System to the team of Cerner, Leidos and Accenture Federal. The project’s goal is to build a national health information network that will allow health records to follow patients no matter where they are – from a VA hospital, to a tent in a war zone, to a retail clinic, to an app on their smart phones.
The second advancement concerns all the gadgets we’ve started wearing to measure our metabolic functions. We have wristbands to chart our fitness programs, measure our fluid intake, report on our sleep patterns, and assist with our meditation practice. We even have sensors that beep when we need to apply more sunscreen. Diabetics have sensors that monitor their glucose levels continually. Patients can use their smart phones and telemedicine to consult a doctor about injuries and illnesses. Sensors can even measure and report issues like acid reflux levels and irregularities in a heartbeat.
Let’s do a quick exercise – when did your industry last experience major disruption? How about your business?
Here’s the more important question – when did you last disrupt your own business?
If the last disruption to your business or industry came within the last two years, you are probably planning for the present business climate. If your last disruption came before 2013, you need to address the radical change your business faces, and you don’t have time to waste.
Posted by Deb Westphal
Dec 16, 2014 11:27:00 AM
Today’s organizations are grappling with complex problems in a world of accelerating change. Aerospace and Defense (A&D) organizations in particular – and the people who work there – must cope with the extra complexity of keeping up with shifts in international security and rapid advances in technology. At the same time, like any other company, A&D organizations must continuously find ways to differentiate themselves from their competition and meet the evolving needs of their customers.