We live in one of history’s great eras of opportunity. In the years ahead incredible things will be done in the name of innovation, ultimately replacing an economic system that has been the foundation for employment and wealth for hundreds of years.
There are deep dangers here. Not the least of these is that innovation looks so much like hype. We might be forgiven imagining this is just another consulting fad destined to fade away. That would be a mistake, like pretending a bus that’s about to run you over is just a mirage and will conveniently vanish before crushing you to the pavement.
We are replacing our economic system on a global scale. Despite all the hyperbole filling blogs and boardrooms, most of us still don’t fully grasp the scale of this change. The forces behind it are deep, broad enough to sweep away much of our existing business world.
The last time something of this scale happened was when the current industrial economy replaced agriculture as the key source of value creation in the world. The bus of change is coming on fast. We need to see beyond the hype, understand what’s happening, and discover where our opportunities lie.