This course has introduced me to the conceptualization of technology’s involvement in the “flattening” of the word and really allowed me to identify room for advancement in my own career. Although, I travel the globe as part of my current job, I learned many new insights that I will carry forward. One thing I am interested in doing is taking another look at Kevin Kelly’s tools website to see what technologies overlap with the Top 100 Tools for Learning. Although my company is using what I believe to be effective software systems for communication, I strongly believe (as I mentioned in last week’s post) that a leader must be willing to embrace new technology and critically think about how its implementation could benefit their company or organization. I spent the last few days meeting with key business executives in Tokyo. In a conversation with the President of what was one of Japan’s largest life insurance companies, he was clear to state advancements in technology, changes to market trends and their apprehension to adopt change at a faster pace, is what has led to their demise. The story is very similar to that of Blackberry and Kodak. Competition is always looking for a new innovative way to take your market share.
We are currently predicting how the market will look 10 to 20 years out in the future and forming a transformation strategy to align business practices and our operating model. As our CEO always says, Wayne Gretsky is great not because he skates to where the puck is, but he skates to where the puck will be. This statement resonated in my mind throughout this course because as a leader, we must predict ‘where the puck will be’. Clearly, flattening is continuing to happen at a rapid pace and we must have strategies in place to embrace and lead change.
The knowledge I’ve gained in this course has further solidified my decision to acquire an advanced degree in interdisciplinary leadership, as we must be fine tuned and kept abreast of what is happening around us. I appreciate all of my colleagues and Dr. Watwood for active thorough participation in this course as it has been unconventional, but equally effective in driving the sharing of knowledge. I am looking forward to using these new tools as a professional and I also plan to maintain my blog as a personal outlet for managing and communicating my process as a doctoral student. Wishing you all the best of luck and regards in the future.