The rate of change is increasing
year on year.
This is generally accepted as
an axiom, because people are continuously experiencing the effects
- particularly in the progress, and short life cycle of IT equipment.
But there is a danger that because we simply accept the fact,
we do not stop and question how much change we are experiencing.
it is worth stopping for a moment and quantifying the sheer enormity
of the current rate of change.
The statistics are awesome: Currently,
the sum of all human knowledge is doubling every two years. As
a pertinent example of this, you might like to consider that
every month 500 new books are written on management alone. At
the same time, eighty percent of information is out of date within
five years. That is a lot of change! And most managers have been
trained to work in a world that no longer exists.
Information is becoming obsolete
at a faster rate than many of us can even hope to assimilate
it. In the case of our organisations we are finding that the
cycle for radical change (leadership changes, market shifts,
takeovers, culture change programmes...) is becoming shorter
that the time needed to fully accommodate and implement change.
As a result, and paradoxically, nothing changes - the fundamental
lessons remain unlearned and poor practice continues unremarked
it does no good to simply bemoan the fact. The increasing rate
of change is a fact of life, and our world will inevitably become
more complex and demanding.
At 'one level' at least!
stands helpless in a world of increasing adjustment.
Grass, German Novelist
Perhaps then, it is the other
levels that should begin to interest us? Perhaps we should ask
how the vast rate of change in biochemistry and in technology
does not incapacitate the professionals in those fields? Perhaps
we might learn from their interpretation of professionalism,
and the way that their thinking takes place at a level above
the level of change?
Their reason stands OVER their
world of increasing adjustment.
to 'Increasing Pressure'
Home - Load
frames - About us - Resources
- Contact us
Management Systems Ltd 2003
(click below for an oversight)
Managing by Design
- a handbook of
(purchase on line)
edge through effective partnerships
Thought provoking ideas
For more detail:
confused direction: Exploring the consistency in your organisation's
impoverished management practice