At no time in history have leaders been responsible for shepherding their organization through more disruptive forces. From technological and consumer expectation shifts to evolving generational and relationship dynamics, to volatile political and regulatory environments, leaders today face an era of unprecedented change.
At the same time the way in which we’ve approached the role of a leader and the skills and competencies required to effectively navigate this whitewater world of change have remained surprisingly fixed. At most we’ve fiddled at the edges of what it means to be a leader today and how we design policies, procedures, systems, and culture to future proof our organizations against increased competition, commoditization, and marketplace relevance.
In today’s hyper connected networked world, past success is unfortunately no longer a guaranteed predictor of future results. Not only is the past no longer a great predictor of future success, most of our existing learning methodologies rely on learning from that very past state, while our most pressing leadership challenges appear to require a letting go of the past in order to connect with and learn from emerging possible future states.
Letting go of what’s no longer working is easy. Letting go of what’s currently working to make room for something that will work better, takes real intention, commitment, and guts. To adapt to a world that is changing as fast as it is requires all of us to relentlessly pursue the the next best iteration of ourselves, our organizations, and the world at large.
Future Proofing Reflection Questions
What do I need to let go of that’s no longer serving me as a leader?
How (When & Where) am I connecting with and learning from the emerging future?