If there’s one skill we all need to master, it’s adapting to change. Whether you believe we’re in the midst of an industrial revolution, a shift in long-term weather patterns or even in population structure, it won’t have escaped your notice that change is afoot. If the last five years are anything to go by, then we will barely recognise our future, and look back on the past with surprise.
There’s no single way to prepare for change; and if you did, your preparations would only go out of date. The only approach is continual adjustment. Continually scanning the horizon for trends, and patterns that might affect our futures, and responding.
These five links offer some of the best thinking on the topic that I’ve read, and ideas on how to deal with it:
- Changing how we plan / work – Mckinsey’s concept of “adhocracy” [if you read one thing, make it this one]
- Modernising the PR industry – Ketchum’s Chief Engagement Officer on possible futures for the PR industry
- Azeem Azhar’s weekly email: the exponential view. Looking at exponential change in technology, industry and society
- What it means to live in a world build on change (the Habitus of the New)
- Understanding change theory and the futures cone – a brief introduction through diagrams
Love to hear your thoughts, or anything you’ve seen recently.