Then vs. Now

It’s unlikely that you recently rode a buggy to work, made calls on a rotary phone, or listened to a cassette tape.  We all know that the world has changed dramatically over the last few years, and the rules of the game have fundamentally shifted forever.

Today, a whole new set of skills is needed in order to win in an era of fierce competition and mind-spinning complexity.  We now live an environment where relying on past models of success is irresponsibly dangerous.  Our current business climate has become faster than Italian racecars and spoiled actresses.

It’s important to zoom out to realize how different the landscape is and what is needed for today’s success.  Let’s take a look at winning…then vs. now:

ObedienceOriginal thinking
Status QuoMold-breaking
Classic video gamesClassic video games
Left BrainRight Brain
Growing National DebtGigantic National Debt
Steve JobsSteve Jobs
Follow the rulesImprovisation
Big banksMicro-loans
Baby BoomSocial Boom
Finite competitionPervasive competition
MadonnaLady GaGa
Calculated R&DReal-time innovation
Not enough informationToo much information
Animal HouseThe Hangover
Politicians misbehavingPoliticians misbehaving
Stifling bureaucracyFluid culture
The Information AgeThe Age of Creativity

You may think you’re executing a winning playbook, but if it’s last year’s (or decade’s) plan, it’s likely to fall flat.  Stop clinging to the past, and seize today.  The world has changed forever… have you?

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