Growing Pains

Center of UniverseIn the context of the modern world, growth has become a pain more than a challenge. And that is not good for any society. The greatest fallout of this is that it sucks out the very joy of living. When that becomes the case, there is very little Individuals, Enterprises and / or Societies can do other than manipulate themselves and others around them into believing whatever is convenient. Such a make-believe society has very little chance of being able to survive; leave alone thrive. How can one get out of this self-destruct mode?

First of all, let us admit that the challenge of growth is different from how it was perceived a few years ago. The Internet of everything has changed everything into a Glocal (Globally Local) manifestation. This has tremendously impacted the perception of “Value” of a Customer / Consumer in every segment of life itself; and hence needs a of foundational re-defintion. Greater emphasis is required to Create and therefore generate demand rather than just put a spin around a yarn often spun.

Secondly, the advance of technology has put an added impetus to doing things more efficiently than in the past; from a simple going to the loo to performing a complex brain surgery. And every step of that technology is guided by Information and Intelligence that intersperse the pauses between our breathing. It is critical to therefore understand its sanctity and move away from pithy slogans like big data and expand one’s big thinking first; in order to get everything bigger and better with information continuously rather than discretely. In other words, we might want to call this the need to Innovate every waking moment with the Processes that move Data and Work Products from Source to Consumption. And it must become an Institutional Practice.

Last but not the least, both the above demand a fundamental need to go back to the drawing board and have the ability to Design. Not just a function but an entire ecosystem first and then match the function of a process to concurrently facilitate that Chain of Collaborative Elements globally. This is the true promise of a Connected World that can source real talent to Create a New World and Obliterate the Problems of the old one; rather than meander around just trying to solve with Old thinking and techniques that may no longer be of any relevance.

The new world demands a dramatic shift in Capabilities (Capacity to Transform + Ability to Perform). It would be a disservice for the older generation to lead the Gen Y into the potholes that they have dug for themselves. There is very low tolerance among them to wear out the pain as the older generations have managed and technology will allow a faster route to destruct if it is not gainfully employed for Productive and Peaceful endeavors.

About Subbu Iyer

Subbu Iyer is an Innovation & Transformation Leader as with 28 years of serving customers globally. He is currently the Chief Designer & Transformer at Energizing Innovation, an enterprise that is being founded to facilitate continuous growth in enterprises and as a consequence create societal wealth. The Radical Shift that this enterprise intends to employ is focusing on the Potential rather than the Performance of a business. He has been a serial entrepreneur and an intrapreneur in his past life, having founded Nihilent Technologies and Nandaki Systems besides being associated in senior leadership roles with firms such as Coopers & Lybrand, Cambridge Technology Partners, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro Technologies and Steria.
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