Adaptation and Handedness

Adaptation and Handedness

First entry from my Future of Work blog migration to this blog.

From the Future of Work: December 2007

Observers of the future ask people to adapt all the time. To face the subtlety of change, to suck it up and just find a way to fit into a new rhythm. Having just experienced a broken arm, I understand that change is not swift, and not at all about learning: change is about forgetting. You have to first forget you can’t type with both hands before you can learn how to be efficient with one. You have to stop mourning the loss before you can recognize the opportunity.

Change agents need to keep this in mind. Sometimes change should not be negotiated, but be rapid, dramatic and disruptive.

Years ago I helped move a team from a paper-based system to a computer system by locking up the paper. The complaint was the paper was much more accurate. I said if you spent as much attention to detail on the computer as you did the paper, it would be accurate too. Eventually the computer won, not just because it was as good as the paper, but because once it was as good as the paper it could do more.

This week I am trying to learn to do more with less.

Daniel W. Rasmus

Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.

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