As corporate stewards many of us are conditioned to play defense. We have a bias for changing in small increments and improving at a steady pace. Looking ahead however, playing it too safe will be the safest predictor of stagnation and decline.
If you’re not convinced, close your eyes for a moment and fast forward to, say, 2030. A future shaped by founders that don’t have to deal with legacy technology and organizations. A future of blitzscaling startups leveraging abundant, cheap capital and attracting the best and brightest to their challenger brands. A future defined by platforms, machine learning, blockchains, IoT, robotics and nanoscale engineering. Now open your eyes again. Re-read your current strategy plan. Recall your last executive off-site. Are you seriously thinking about and preparing for tomorrow?