by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Global Business, Learning, Make It Happen TipsheetTagged as: Change, disruption, Skills, Technology
It’s not celebrated widely, but in August 2021 (August 6th actually) the world wide web turns thirty. From humble beginnings, this “child” has revolutionized the world in no less a transformational way than the industrial revolution a century earlier.
Think about what didn’t exist in 1991:
eCommerce, eBay, ezines, online newspapers, Wikipedia, iphones, ipads, itunes, Zoom meetings, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, web banking, Instant Messenger, and Hotmail. Hard as it it is to believe, Google also didn’t exist back then…even as an idea.
And during this same time, think of what has fundamentally changed or disappeared:
Telex, fax machines, catalogs, newspapers, record stores, paper encyclopedias, long distance phone rates, record players, want ads and phone books.
It’s impossible to know what the next disruptive force in the market will be, but it is highly likely we won’t have to wait a that long to see it. The most important skills in our fast-paced world? Intellectual flexibility, coupled with curiosity and a willingness to embrace change – not merely accept it. This week, let go of the old, and leave space for the new. (What’s your “old”…?)
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