There is a conundrum, is change too fast or too slow? It really may depend on the circumstances and who you ask. Are you or your team accelerating change, or are you playing catch up while chasing the front runners?
Throughout history our current mainstream belief is that it took a long time to get here.
Planet Earth at 4.5 billion years old, dinosaurs lived a couple hundred million years ago, but the most rapid advancements in technology are less than a couple of hundred years old. Some may suggest that the most significant have happened in the most recent one hundred to one hundred and fifty years.
It once took a long time to get anywhere. A twenty, thirty, or fifty-mile journey, was in fact, a small journey. A trip to town wasn’t an everyday experience for many, likely once a week or less.
Technology Changes Everything
Today, communication and information are shared around the World in seconds. Artificial intelligence is claiming a stake in what we do, how we do it, and how many humans are involved.
What about the present day at your work, are you keeping up? Is the pace of change appropriate, is your team a component of making the business a front runner?
Awareness can occur in a moment, and often it does. Deciding to act can take more time. Belief in a future fate or reality is the trigger for action, or often, a lack of it.
When you are interested in accelerating change the mechanics on the timeline are important. However, perhaps most important and often taken for granted are the requirements of the people.
Convincing the people involved that the timing is right, the pace is appropriate, and that the future outcomes are both necessary and achievable may be the slowest moving part.
Considering the most recent two hundred years, creating belief in change seems far more important than the possibility.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.