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Twice as much change coming in the next five years as occurred in the past five!

September 1, 2015

“The speed of change is ever-accelerating. Twice as much change in the next five years as there was in the last five. That is the conservative estimate.

In a column published on 01-01-10 I ( named the 2010-2020 decade The Transformation Decade . This column blew up in the blogosphere and on Twitter and is referenced to this day. The dictionary definition of “transformation” is “a change in the nature, shape, character and form” of something. Meaning that during this decade, most of humanity’s thinking and institutions will change their nature, shape, character or form.

Think about how much change you have experienced since 2010.

These first five years have only been the foundation for the incredible amount of change that will occur in the next five.

The older you are, the more you will feel a bit of disorientation in the years ahead. You will feel like you would just like to stop, take a breath and absorb and better learn and navigate all the change you have already experienced or been subjected to..

Sorry, but you will have to make that a very quick breath. Change is pedal to the metal as they say in the auto business, which now has a growing electric segment and the early beginnings of hydrogen fuel cell and driverless car technologies.

The speed of technological change now is the slowest it will be in your lifetime.

We are now much closer to 2025 than we are distant from the events of 9/11/01. We are basically equidistant from 2000 and 2030. The amount of change we will experience, even massive upheavals, in the next 15 years will be some multiple of that which we have absorbed since the Millennium began. Hard to believe or accept, but true.

2015 seems to be the beginning of a threshold passage from the old way of measuring our lives that is time based to one that will be change based. All of our journeys are accelerating.”

The above is from David Houle, my favorite futurist!!

Roland comment: Never before in the history of the world has there been such a great need for agents of change and transformation. I have been traveling nonstop around the world since February 1. Every week is extraordinary, compelling and breathtaking. My focus now is to pass on what I’ve learned about transforming systems.

My wife, Maja, with Professor “P. Vijjayakumar from the famed TATA Institute in India just published in an online chapter connected to our fourth edition the following:

“At the 2014 Drucker Conference, Gary Hamel, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers asked 2,500 participants the following question:

“How can we build organizations that are adaptable at the core?”

Gary Hamel answered his own question right out of the blocks. He yelled, (Yes. He yelled!) “Organizations aren’t up to the challenge”.

“If the organization wants to survive, they have to transform themselves.”

Have your best year ever. I’m having my best weeks ever.


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