Monday, January 9, 2012

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business | Fast Company

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business | Fast Company:

If you care about your business in the 21st century, please make time to read this article.  Here are two important ideas from Fast Company:

1. "The pace of change in our economy and our culture is accelerating--fueled by global adoption of social, mobile, and other new technologies--and our visibility about the future is declining."  

2. "The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm; if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos."

Chaos-surfers.  Image from Fast Company
Understanding the big ideas is one key to riding change successfully.  Although there is chaos, there is an underlying pattern of emerging technologies and societal trends.  I won't attempt to predict the exact shape of the future, but I do believe you can focus your attention on key ideas, and take actions that prepare you and your company to cope and thrive. 

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. -

So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. -

Op-Ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times. On the surface, this article is about the way political campaigns don't talk about real issues; get to the second paragraph, and his issue is straight to the point about era of you coverage.

"The I.T. revolution is giving individuals more and more cheap tools of innovation, collaboration and creativity — thanks to hand-held computers, social networks and “the cloud,” which stores powerful applications that anyone can download. And the globalization side of this revolution is integrating more and more of these empowered people into ecosystems, where they can innovate and manufacture more products and services that make people’s lives more healthy, educated, entertained, productive and comfortable."

The moral: bandwidth enables job creation. Tech power to the people.

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