Are you ready to learn something today? I am forwarding
you a link to a rather startling YouTube video. (It was
supposedly a presentation made at this year’s Sony
Executive Conference). I found it to be very
informative, thought-provoking, and, frankly,
There is something to be learned here. So, please click
the following link and take a look. It's just a few
minutes long. (Don’t finish reading my email until after
you’ve watched it.)
Did you watch it? In that
case, to quote a line from the video…so what does it all
To me, it means that the world is changing far faster
than it did in any of my experiences of the past…and
even faster than the life I am experiencing now. As the
video says, "These are Exponential Times." Business and
life will never be the same.
In general, most people do not welcome change, but
nevertheless, Change Is Here. The way we communicate,
conduct business, socialize and even think will be
radically impacted. It’s already happening. For example,
five years ago, would you have ever believed that your
daily newspaper could possibly become a thing of the
What does this teach us? For one thing, that we can't
take our industry or business for granted. I once
attended a seminar where the speaker—a Boeing
executive—made a remarkable statement. He said that, in
a competitive society, if a company wants to stay in
business, it must essentially destroy its own
product. If it didn't create its next-generation
replacement, the competition would.
Metaphorically, businesses are often compared to ships.
Small businesses are small, zippy PTs; large
corporations are looming, ponderous aircraft
carriers. Which one has the ability to change course
rapidly? Yes, the PT boat. That’s good news for us. With
the right attitude and people, small businesses have the
ability to feel the waves, grab the wheel, and change
Today, it’s imperative that organizations have the right
people, ones who can "feel the waves" and are willing to
make changes. Technology has increased our communication
capabilities, but at the expense of personal
relationships. It is so much easier to email or text
than to call someone on your cell phone or—Heaven
forbid!—pay them a visit.
But, can you really achieve a vibrant exchange of ideas
through texts and emails? (For example, my fingers are
already tired from keying this in, and they can’t begin
to keep pace with my brain.) Isn’t it more productive to
have an actual, real-time dialogue, where questions are
raised and answers are offered, and in the process, all
kinds of thought-provoking ideas are explored?
So, did you know…
• You can learn more by getting out of the
• You can learn more by talking with other
• You really can change, when you have support
from your peers?
• An exchange of ideas can create an epiphany?
I know, I know…I am hardly unbiased on this subject.
After all, I facilitate peer groups. But it is because
of that experience that I can say with absolute
certainty: Peer power is powerful enough to help you
change with the times, even if you’re inherently
resistant to it. It can give you insight and the
initiative you need to actually make those changes
necessary to your firm's survival.
For more information about this concept, visit
http://www.propres.com/. If you are
interested in learning more of my thoughts, you can read
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