I’m not sure about you, but keeping track of all the new “names” for this period in which we’re living is getting a bit exhausting.
I’m as guilty as the next guy when it comes to promulgating them. I talk endlessly about the Digital Era, the post-Industrial Age, the New Human Age (I’m supposed to be writing a book about that one!), etc.
Of all these, however, the most apt may be this: the era of continuous disruption.
While the pandemic and resultant economic crisis is the most recent and visceral upheaval to hit us, we have been in a state of near-constant disruption — or at least threat of disruption — for a long while now.
While this steady stream of disruptive threats has had many consequences, one of the greatest (but also least discussed) may be its impact on your decision-making process.
As an enterprise leader, you are tasked with making critical decisions about the direction of your organization. Especially when it comes to leveraging technology to solve problems, drive innovation, and create competitive advantage, you are charged with placing large bets that may dictate the future of your organization.
And the stakes are only increasing.
The combination of these increasing consequences, plus the rising sense of disruption-induced uncertainty, can leave you paralyzed and wondering how to proceed. However, we may find the answer to this conundrum in two ideas, one ancient and one relatively modern: practical wisdom and satisficing.
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Charles Araujo is a technology analyst and internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and Leadership in the Digital Era who advises technology companies and enterprise leaders on how to navigate the transition from the Industrial Age to the Digital Era. Having spent over thirty years in the technology industry, he has been researching Digital Transformation long before it became the uber-buzzword of today, and is now focused on helping Digital Era Leaders prepare themselves and their organizations as the macro trends of the primacy of the customer and the primacy of the algorithm collide, ushering us into what he calls The New Human Age.
Principal Analyst with Intellyx, founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation, author of three books, and most recently the co-founder (with his wife) of The MAPS Institute, he is a sought-after keynote speaker and has been quoted or published in CIO, Time, InformationWeek, CIO Insight, NetworkWorld, Computerworld, USA Today, and Forbes.