I’ve shared a couple of reflective posts over the last week about to change, and the need for organisations to adapt. The nature of the disruption that we face is broad, and a simple belief that we are immune is not enough. Disruption will not come simply in those areas we plan for and expect, it may come from the very traditional strengths but we hold to be deeply true. Things that made us great in the old world, features of scale, infrastructure, and momentum, may make us weak in the Social Age.
We must look upon our organisations, upon the organising principles, the structures of learning, influence, and control, and ask ourselves if they still suffice: ask ourselves if we are relying an old power, or exploring the new. We are fortunate to be surrounded by communities of explorers who can both challenge and support us on this journey.
I think I’ve been writing widely about this because I am feeling unsettled: over the last month or so I’ve been taking time to share this work in new communities and can sense the un-ease that many organisations and individuals feel. I have no words of comfort beyond provocation: be prepared to change before change is imposed upon you.