As Yogi Bera said; “THE FUTURE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE!” For hundreds of years, the world of business stayed pretty much the same, so what you learned from experience could be used for a long, long time. In fact, experience was your insurance policy. It almost guaranteed success.
If you are to grow and prosper in sustainable ways, entrepreneurial thinking needs to be valued and encouraged at all levels of leadership. You can no longer use the term “WE’VE NEVER DONE IT THAT WAY BEFORE!!!!” It takes hard work and effort to change, as change does not come easily.
Experience is not as helpful as it used to be. The world is changing so rapidly that your experience may not always be a very good guide for the future.
Not convinced? Just take a look at a few facts:
Today, the body of knowledge known to mankind doubles every 907 days.
Our computing ability and capacity doubles every 14 months.
We once marveled at the advanced technology on Apollo 13. Today your car has more technology than that rocket.
The first UNIVAC computer filled an entire room, but today your wristwatch has more power than that computer.
The average 21-year-old today can expect 11 to 14 jobs and two to three major career changes.
The average 21-year-old today can expect to spend more time taking care of his parents than his children.
Right now we have more people living on the planet than have ever died in the past.
You, your business, or your organization is not immune to the change process. You cannot be a leadership organization that is based upon traditions. You need to use imagination as new directions and partnerships are being developed. Will this make some people nervous, uncomfortable and complain? Yes! Will it be worth it? In my experience, yes!
Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking involves seeing opportunities and having the ability to take and manage risks. It can emerge from industry experience or happen by accident coming from a hobby. It may result from developing local ideas or bringing new entrepreneurial talent into the community and requires individual as well as community attitude, vision, and passion to create.
You have two choices: choose to be proactive and be determined to make things happen, or be reactive and complain about things that happen to you because you choose to sit back and watch.
Economic and entrepreneurial development requires innovative thinking and new ways of doing things as well as constantly changing and developing leadership.
Development requires all people in the organization to work together for a common vision. Development is an attitude, as well as action.
You will hear people express how happy they are for change to take place, and those who complain because of change. You can make up your own mind how to react to change, but one thing is certain, the world is changing at a faster rate than ever before and there are no signs that point to it slowing down.
What will you do to lead this new type of thinking? Refer to your experiences when appropriate and learn from them, but consider Wayne Gretsky’s approach to planning. As one of the greatest hockey stars of all time, he was asked what made him so successful. He said, “I SKATE TO WHERE I THINK THE PUCK WILL BE.”
In today’s world, you have to go out and meet the opportunity and work to make it happen.
To learn more about creating those opportunities, contact me at www.bewuca.com.
Together we can create success in your life.