“During 4IR, an organisation’s ability to survive will be determined by its capability to implement incremental change or to transform quicker than the competition”
👏 Happy Friday!
On this day, November 18, 1963, the first push-button (Touch-Tone) telephone was introduced in the United States, eventually replacing most rotary-dial models. Touch-tone telephones became a reality thanks to digital technology and low-cost transistors. Over the last fifty-nine years, there have been massive advances in the telephone. In 1999, Research in Motion introduced the Blackberry 850, beginning the Blackberry era. In 2007, Apple launched its first iPhone, which integrated a touchscreen display, enabling web-browsing on a mobile device.
✅ We are currently in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and a time of major disruption. 4IR is differentiated by the speed of technological breakthroughs and its widespread scope. It has had an incredible impact, changing the way organisations operate and how we live and relate to one another. 4IR includes technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, 5G, genetic modification, and energy storage. 4IR and Change Capable Organisations..
👉 4IR will impact the workforce like never before. It will radically change how we get to work, where we work, what we work on, and how we work. Change will impact nearly every organisation like an explosion, continually disrupting how the organisation delivers normal day-to-day operations. How organisations react to this change explosion will become a source of competitive advantage. Their ability to reduce the internal period of disruption and negative performance to deliver positive operating performance and future state benefits will be critical. Organisational change, transformation, and improvement have become permanent features of the business landscape. The owners and shareholders of organisations are now starting to demand that the leaders they select have both day-to-day operational and change implementation skills. The leader of change needs to go well beyond sending out an email. They need to ensure that the change is aligned with strategy, provide proactive sponsorship, engage and communicate with employees to reduce resistance, support user adoption, and ensure sustainable benefits. Organisations with superior leadership of change capability stay ahead in the marketplace.
I am just starting to recover from a bad dose of the flu, but I hope you have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy.
Further Reading: Change Management Handbook – Leadership of Change Volume 3
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Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Guru, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.
Listed #1 by leadersHum Top 40 Change Management Gurus You Should Follow in 2022 (Mar 2022).
Ranked #1 Change Management Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (2022-2021-2020) by Thinkers360.
Ranked #2 Business Strategy Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (Dec 2020) by Thinkers360.
Ranked #2 Leadership Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Leadership (Aug 2020) by Thinkers360.
Business Book Ranking
Change Management Behaviour - Leadership of Change® Volume 6, listed among the 50 Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2022.
Change Management Adoption - Leadership of Change® Volume 5, listed among year-to-date’s (Jul 2021) most popular books on business and technology from Thinkers360 member thought leaders.
Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change® Volume 3, listed among the 50 Business and Technology Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2021.
Change Management Pocket Guide - Leadership of Change® Volume 2, ranked within the top 50 Business and Technology Books (Jan 2020) from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders.