The Consequences of Change blog series
This mini blog series of 5 posts looks at the modern workloads organizations have to face today and touches on some of the points that have brought new challenges and new solutions to the our digital era.
The Consequences of Change Post 1 of 5: Behavioral Changes by Keith Winnard
In 2007 the invasion started. A revolution of gargantuan proportions began from a single presentation by one man. The impact would be global. Your life was about to change, the way you think was about to change, those around you were about to change. Forever.
One day. One speech. One man. One device. Mobile had arrived.
What followed, was 7 years of an ever-growing realization of new possibilities, a new breed of application, new techniques, new thinking, new wants, and new devices rapidly changed our options and our choices. Social was truly born and part of our everyday life. Who foresaw the implications? Our personal lives and careers became interwoven as our welfare, personal interests, daily routines, and contacts morphed into a new way of living. From the moment of that speech, the global revolution began, and amassed an unprecedented momentum which today sees us with nearly 7 billion devices providing us with new opportunities to improve every day of our lives.
Where is the evidence of behavioral change?
Would you like facts, figures, charts, and references to quantitate studies? Sorry. There are none here today for you. Just look around you. Look at people in cafes & restaurants – count the people count the mobile devices. How many emails, messages, and social interactions have you had today? How much information did your mobile device provide you with today – the time? The weather? A photo? A download? Internet access? TV listing? A recipe? A sports update? Your bank balance? A game?
Stop off for a coffee; it won’t take long; you can order it on the way with a few swishes; Choose the coffee you want; pay for it; pick up your loyalty bonus; and if you are trying somewhere new for your coffee, listen to the directions. As you open the cap and sit down look around you. It’s all happening right there in front of you. People sending, searching, shopping, and sharing.
No time for a coffee? Okay, well carry on your day as normal but I ask you to watch. Watch those around you. Watch what they are doing. How many devices do you see?
We are in the 8th year of the revolution and the progress is both relentless and unstoppable. Each one of us has changed since that speech back in 2007. When and where will it stop? This journey has no destination, it probably never will, but one thing is for sure; you are on board and there is no option to jump ship at the next port of call.
Post 2 of this series to be published tomorrow will look at the rise of expectations.
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