I recently published an article on huffingtonpost.com which I thought you would find valuable for your business, particularly if you're a mid-market company worried about fast-approaching future trends and whether you're ready for the disruptions they will cause. I reproduce it here:
Why Are So Many CEOs Afraid Of The Future?
We might agree with Thomas Friedman as he writes in his book “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
― Thomas L. Friedman, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
But I have been listening to, watching and working with CEOs in middle market companies that are, quite honestly, just afraid of the fast pace of change confronting them and their businesses. What I see are CEO’s literally afraid of the future. They seem unclear about what is going to “disrupt” them. All too often, they don’t even know whom to trust.
I thought I would share what I am seeing. Perhaps some of the ideas might offer lessons to learn. Careful you aren’t the proverbial “deer in the headlights” frozen by what is coming.