Back to the . . . status quo?

At the end of the classic film Back to the Future, Doc, Marty, and Jennifer are readying to take a trip to 2015. Concerned that Doc won’t have enough road to get up to 88 miles per hour (the usual speed required for time travel, duh). Doc responds with “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Then the DeLorean flies off, the audience cheers, and they’re off to an unknown future where anything is possible.  It’s awesome.

The future of today is going to look exponentially different as a result of the events that have been impacting the globe for the last three months.  In addition, other agents of change such as social, technological, environmental, economic, and political drivers will also influence how we go about our daily lives.  The question in front of many organizations is, what are we willing to do about it?

Learning is a continuing activity and from every failure, we should be able to learn something new about the way we operate.  One comment I continue to hear from organizations across many verticals has been, “we need a short-term solution to get us through the next couple months”.

Sure, a band-aid will triage the challenges that your organization is currently experiencing.  However, in today’s rapidly evolving landscape, we should be asking ourselves critical questions that will take our organizations from band-aid fixes to long-term transformations.


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