Technology is changing so fast that most business owners are having to make decisions about things they have no experience of.
One of the reasons why business decisions are more difficult now is that that technology is moving so fast and people’s expectations are changing so quickly we can’t rely on previous experience to see us through and need to be more flexible than ever before.
New studies show that our “always on, 24/7″ world leads to overload where the brain is in automatic with not much conscious control being practised and panic just a short step away but we also have a tremendous power for our brains to be re-wired and change previous ways of thinking.
Our habits of thinking and doing lead us through theses four stages:
- Unconscious incompetence – we don’t know what we don’t know
- Conscious incompetence – we’re aware of what we don’t know
- Conscious competence – we’re aware of what we know and consciously use it
- Unconscious competence – we’re not consciously aware of what we know or do – it becomes second nature or instinctive.
Researchers now believe there is a fifth stage which is a variation on unconscious incompetence but may be the result of complacency and so prevent further learning.
In business this is a very dangerous situation and can lead to old styles of working being practised long after they’re useful, while new, more agile businesses spring up and create powerful competition.
In a workshop with Alan Moore, author of No Straight Lines this is what a group of business owners came up with as the ideas that will inevitably change how we work and live:
- Big Data, mobile bandwith, personalisation
- 3D Printing
- Integrated Body Sensing
- GM Foods / Food + Water wars
- Bio mimicry
- Education revolution
- Graphene technology
- Phone blocks (sustainable, interchangeable, replaceable functions)
- Poverty Eradication
- Stateless Society
- Sustainable Energy
Does the thought of this fill you with excitement or despair?
Are you going to be at the forefront of change or getting left behind?