Has tech stolen our social life?
The UK workforce is witnessing first-hand how quickly the political landscape can impact a business from one day to the next. The social and political events of the past 12 months have been turbulent to say the least
'Disruption' is one of those phrases, isn't it? An annoying buzzword that's already entered into cliché. A word that makes you want to switch off. But however grating the term, the big digital disruptors of the day are transforming how we live and work.
In an unusual show of unity, Innovation Leads for IBM, Intel, Microsoft and other major corporations, will join forces with the European Space Agency, European Commission and representatives from various UK Government Departments in London next week.
There are a set number of hours and minutes each day, and you cannot change that. But, you can change how you use those hours and minutes. You have control, so use it. If you want or need to make changes in your life, you can. But as I have said above, you must make the effort.
The government has a tricky challenge ahead with their new Industrial Strategy. The Prime Minister recently said, "The modern industrial strategy will back Britain for the long term: creating the conditions where successful businesses can emerge and grow, and backing them to invest in the long-term future of our country."
If we, as consumers, are being led by our emotions and what works best for us as individuals, then it follows that companies need to start playing to their strengths, and working out how best they can gain our emotional connection.
At the end of WW II, John Maynard Keynes famously suggested that the best way to get the UK economy going would be to ask the Americans to bomb factories in the UK "at an hour when the Directors were sitting there and no-one else" because "how else are we to regain the exuberant inexperience which is necessary, it seems, for success".
Jeremy Corby may not last long as leader. But then neither did the Apple II, Palm Pilot, or Black Berry. A far more interesting question is what will his passion, energy and radical ideas unleash, not just in his supporters and natural allies, but in a generation who have now been woken up to the idea that change is possible?
Letting go of the past is all the more important if your company is a mature business, where the baggage of the past can impede necessary change...