Last week we talked about the status quo. Now, in Friday Filosophy #2016-23, I want to move to technological disruptions. Conventional wisdom, which is another oxymoron for the status quo, states that disruptive technologies change everything. Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen see disruptive technologies upsetting apple carts all over the globe.
Here are some thoughts on disruptive technologies.
Disruption is, at its core, a really powerful idea. Everyone hijacks the idea to do whatever they want now. It’s the same way people hijacked the word “paradigm” to justify lame things they’re trying to sell to mankind.
Supply chains cannot tolerate even 24 hours of disruption. So if you lose your place in the supply chain because of wild behavior you could lose a lot. It would be like pouring cement down one of your oil wells.
The key is to embrace disruption and change early. Don’t react to it decades later. You can’t fight innovation.
Employees speak of being fearful opening emails and feeling increasingly helpless in the face of the deluge. Physiologically, we now know that the state of continuous disruption puts us into a constant state of hormone-induced stress.
The First Amendment was designed to allow for disruption of business as usual. It is not a quiet and subdued amendment or right.
True disruption means threatening your existing product line and your past investments. Breakthrough products disrupt current lines of business.
The time is now.