The Times, They are a Changing…

  • The world will never be what it used to be.    Human nature has always desired a life of certainty, of predictability, fiercely hanging onto the belief that our future can and will be an extrapolation of the here and now. The rude awakening of that began during the late years preceding the dawn of the new millennium, was that we had to be vigilant to the fact that all our old ways were coming to an end. The new millennium (or the “post modern world”) requires us to emerge from the comfort of our dream of a life of order, constancy and predictability. The unimaginable is now a commonplace reality. This requires us to radically redefine our existing skills and practices.    What does this mean for the future of our future leaders?
  • Globalisation and the global village.    Through globalisation, the “global village” has become a reality, and we are as individuals and organisations, having to understand and respond to a conflagration of competing and symbiotic organisations, products, people and cultures. Ironically, just as the world is opening up with a massive migration of people, a world wide web of information exchange, a tsunami of consumer products across borders; so we are also experiencing a rampant rise in Nationalism and adversity as a result of our diversity.   We need to adapt.
  • Changing to face the change.   Rampant developments in our technology have resulted in the traditional boundaries of time, geography, title and function been broken. The human interface with technology, however, is increasingly becoming a problem as aberrations in the design of technology (development for the sake of development, form not following function) are leading to smart systems that are not aligned with human needs and desires. The result is a flood of information that creates complexity rather than simplicity. We have to learn to manage technology and not be managed by technology.  Change has an enormous emotional impact on us as individuals and social communities.  We have to face the change, as it is changing us.
  • New leaders in a new world.    These changes in the world have resulted in organisations and their leadership having to redefine leadership and business practices, including customer relationships (from suppliers to end-consumers of services). The business relationship is shifting from on of adversary to one of partnership. This has immense implications in terms of emotionally and socially intelligent practices.  Practically, the value chain from raw materials or natural resources right through to consumer utilisation or consumption must deliver value for all who participate in that value chain. From crude to car, sugar cane to coca cola,  we need to know how to lead our business which is in fact part of everyone else’s business.