It may be time for a rethink of how you think. The need for speed seems to underpin just about everything we do. Whether at work or in the dynamic social world norm to many, “now time” seems to be the only “time” sought by all. Could that signal a change required in the way you think so ultimately “do”. The self-help, coach yourself to success juggernaut of the 80s and 90s (and still very apparent today) is underpinned by planning, executing and evaluation of results. And there is nothing wrong with such an approach as when mobilised well the results are consistent. However I fear many may have tipped the balance too far the other way and remain in the planning phase so long (due to a fear of failure of negative impact) that the opportunity for innovation and impact is often missed.
It may be time to consider lessons from the major change in IT software and application development, “Agile.”. “Agile” development theories are not new and have flipped in and out of popularity for years. However with enterprises currently operating at warp speed, desperate to gain or retain first mover advantage to maintain market momentum, Agile is now king of the castle again. Put simply Agile is about developing and getting the core application elements delivered quickly, to be evolved almost in real time rather than over an age hidden away in the development back office. It requires a new way of thinking, tight alignment (even tighter than the norm) between the business and IT service/application delivery and a fair degree of courage (as it’s not without risk). Maybe we should piggy back the euphoria surrounding Agile development in IT & business and apply similar principles to our general day to day train of thought.
Surely it’s also time for “agile human thinking” to tap into now time and maximise it. But living in an “agile human” manner, mobilised by “agile human thinking” could be quite destabilising. Picture living in a constant state of flux with minimal potential to benefit from the comfort of a stable state – in fact just thinking about now may be quite traumatic. But I urge you to stop, think again and consider “isn’t this how we live life anyway”, but maybe fail to apply rigour to “accelerated change” and thus become a victim of it. The stage is now set – “fastest” is now the new “fast”. Working and living at the “old speed of life” could see you fall behind the new, younger generation of dynamic thinking, socially driven “agile engines” (fast thinking, fast moving people). Therefore to unlock the potential of the brave new “agile human” world may require a rewiring of the way we think, that drives the things we do. And though it opens the door to risk, behind it is a chasm of opportunity.
Until next time.