This is a picture that I took on a run near my neighborhood that captures my sentiment on so many things taking place right now. It inspires me every day. A good friend of mine and former business colleague actually worked on this a few years ago.
It was the last thing that came to mind when I went to bed last night. I was thinking about the pace of change in the world. And with this, how we have become catalysts for this change in one-way or another. What a big topic to pop into my head right before attempting to go to sleep. Would you like to bet on how successful that was? Lol.
Anyway, many of my conversations with people over the past week (actually the last year or two) have centered on the speed at which everything is moving. Discussions around the ability to keep up with, or having the capacity to learn and innovate at the pace required to remain competitive have been at the forefront of many of these conversations. And they will continue as we explore what is successful for us as we define our own benchmarks for success.
Our Changing Times Require Students and Artists
As challenging as everything is in terms of business and the economy, and as much as people say we don’t like change, I can’t help to find this to be quite an exciting time. Amazing things are indeed happening here. I do not want to downplay the serious nature of where things are economically, but I do think that it will take a strong focus and a lot of will to stay inspired to influence positive change in this environment.
So many us are exploring and defining what we need to do to adapt as individuals and institutions while making adjustments by trying new things. We are in a world that requires the mindset of a perpetual student and the sensibility and capacity of that of an artist. People who are successfully navigating this new landscape have demonstrated this, which leads me to my first reading recommendation for this post.
The Power of Pull
In The Power of Pull:How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison write about “The Big Shift” and the need to focus our attention toward moving to collaboration curves and new ways to create by leveraging knowledge flows. It's a remarkable book that pushes us to truly explore and dig even deeper to navigate our new and ever evolving world.
They discuss the diminishing returns of push models and the rewards in developing new approaches as we (as individuals and institutions) move further into the new “pull economy.” The authors outline the three levels of pull that build upon each other along with the benefits of converting to a new way of thinking. Hagel, Brown and Davison reinforce the importance of developing practices that allow for more flexibility, access and attracting talent with passion for their work.
Take a look at the video below of John Hagel III (one of the authors) -
This book is a great resource to consider while exploring ways to shape an organization and talent agenda as we discussed in the last post, Changing Paradigms Impacting Business, Education, Talent and Leadership.
In finishing the Power of Pull, “creation spaces” stuck with me.
Just this week the New York Times wrote an article, General Assembly Aims to Gather New York Techies introducing a new business in the Flatiron District, where entrepreneurs and start-ups can rent space, collaborate and learn. It’s no surprise that one of the backers and supporters is IDEO who’s President and CEO Tim Brown wrote Change By Design (another must have).
The Design Observer Group published, The Age of Coworking: Collaborative Consumption for the Creative Community which provides an overview of several creation spaces throughout New York City along with information on how to find the one right for you wherever you live.
You can also see the development of virtual and social creation spaces throughout the internet. This week I joined a few in the form of tweet ups hosted by the Social CMO - Marketer Monday (#MMchat), Blog Chat (#blogchat) and Blog Tech (#blogtech). Everyone is welcome and there are all levels of experience joining and participating in discussions on specific topics of interest.
Identifying the right spaces relevant to you takes time. But there is no doubt of the value of these interactions, the two-way dialog and sharing that takes place between people who are so passionate about their interests.
The examples above are just a few that demonstrate our ability to try new things and how we work to adapt at a time of revolutionary change.
What a great opportunity to observe and participate in re-imagining our talent force and approach to new organizational models.
Feel free to add some more examples or share your feedback in the comments section below. I would love to hear and learn from you.