“If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside the end is in sight.”
We live in a world of constant change. The world has always been like this but the rate of change today is faster than ever before. This is the age of disruption and every long held belief about the way the world operates is being reviewed and evolved.
This applies to the external world of course, the context that Jack was speaking on when he coined this phrase, but it applies equally well to our own individual growth as contributors and leaders. To remain relevant we must intentionally growing our skills, talents, and capabilities, in a constant and disciplined manner. If we don’t then our ability to impact those around us and achieve our goals is constantly diminishing.
Think of it like two cars on the highway where one car is going 75 MPH and the second car is going 60 MPH. The first car is continually putting more distance between the two drivers. After an hour it is only 15 miles, but after two hours, 30 miles, three hours 45 miles, etc.
That’s our world today. Someone somewhere is finding a way to go faster. What are you doing to grow your expertise, skills, talents and capabilities to go faster and close the gap? How are you working to ensure that the end isn’t near?