by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Management, Strategy, ViewpointTagged as: Planning, Risk Management, Strategy, Uncertainty
In 1997 there was no Google. In 2002 there was no Facebook. There was no Twitter in 2004, TikTok in 2015, and Alexa only made it’s debut in 2014. There is no indication that the pace of innovation will slow, so how can you plan for the future when the target is moving , and moving quickly?
At a corporate level, three-and-five-year strategic plans are being shredded by external market shifts that change the very assumptions on which the plans are based.
At the personal level, many are finding it tough to keep up, and are “opting out”: either purposefully avoiding science and technology, or lashing out at society and joining – or sympathizing with – the Occupy movements. (We don’t see, interestingly, any Occupy Facebook movements, despite the fact that the Facebook ownership group are amongst the richest on the planet.)
There may not be a simple answer to the question of how to plan when change is constant, but here is some perspective that might help:
Planning for an uncertain future is difficult, but it can be made far easier when the organization itself is built to thrive in a changing world.
What are you doing as an individual to make sure that you survive and thrive in a world where change is constant? This week, look through this list again, but use a personal filter: Are you setting the agenda or reacting to others? Are you investing in yourself? Do you seek support from others? Are you generating your own IP? Are you aware of what’s happening in your field? Do you have a plan for your career (and your life)?
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