Change is inevitable; change is constant.
Disraeli's statement is correct, but incomplete. Yes, change is inevitable. It is a fact of life that individuals, organisations and nations alike have no choice but to deal with. Those who are able to acknowledge this fact and cope with change will survive. Those who are able to seek out change and actively embrace it will thrive. And yes, change is constant in the sense that it is always present. But to complete Disraeli's statement we need to add one further critical observation – the pace of change is accelerating.
The myriad of changes our societies have undergone in the last 100 years is quite staggering. The breadth of changes that we have embraced over the last 50 years is even more impressive. The amount of change we have all adapted to in the last 20 years is quite incredible. The changes we will all have to face in the next 20 years may just blow our minds.
As individuals and as leaders, we will need to be ready.
Live Long … and Prosper?
Due to advances in clean water, nutrition, antibiotics and disease eradication during the last century, average worldwide life expectancy has sky-rocketed. Up until the 20th century, worldwide average human life expectancy had been remarkably consistent throughout the millennia of our species' existence. As recently as 1900, humans lived, on average, a mere 31 years, according to the World Health Organisation. Today, the worldwide average ...