Over the past few months, I have been hearing the term “disruption” being used more and more to describe the increasing changes in our economy, society and workforces. Even though we were all spared from the Mayan apocalypse, it’s clear that 2012 was a year of great change and disruption. All social and economic indicators are predicting that 2013 will provide us with more of the same.
In his book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces That Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age, Larry Downes points out that “technology changes exponentially but social, economic and legal systems change incrementally.” This means that the change that is happening around us is taking place much faster than the processes, methodologies, and systems we have in place to support and manage it.
As individuals, we need to be cognizant of the speed at which change is happening, while acknowledging the limitations many organizations have in handling the chaos that swirls around them. In times of great change comes great opportunity. If you believe this, than 2013 will be a time of great opportunity for many of us.
In order to make the best of this coming year, it will be critical for all of us to remain tuned in to change. Many organizations have their business strategies in place and are hiring leaders to help them implement their plans. It’s important to note that in 2013, these plans and strategies may need to be altered to address the shifting tides that will continue throughout the year. The people that will have the most success in their careers will be the ones who remain focused, flexible and open to the many challenges that lie ahead for all industries.
Welcome to 2013 – A year of disruption and opportunity!