Our world is changing around us all the time. This is not exactly a profound statement or news to anyone reading this, but what is new for all of us is the speed at which these changes are happening. We see some organizations excelling in this fast-changing world, while others have issues keeping up. Starbucks is a prime example of this phenomenon, their reaction was viewed as slow, but their recovery was received with general praise. This new world we live in is not only affecting organizations externally but internally as well. There is no denying that the workplace is shifting and the relationship between employees and employers is changing rapidly. Some companies are adjusting to the times, others…not so much.
Republican or Democrat, local county commissioner or state-wide office, it's arguably the most poll-tested and common stump speech one-liner, "I'm running for office because we are headed in the wrong direction!". It’s not a bad argument, in theory, since Americans have felt that things have been on the wrong track since the early 1970’s with only a handful of exceptions. A few years ago, an article in Daily Beast took a deeper look at the right direction/wrong track question and walks through how consistent this feeling tends to be.
Whether or not you agree, it does raise a few interesting questions about what's driving negativity among Americans. These significant peaks (both positive and negative) are often driven by only a handful of global events over the last four decades. But what's happening in between those events? What's driving individuals to feel that we are on the right track or wrong track? Or, given the consistency of the wrong track feeling, are we just pessimistic people by nature?
Ok – maybe it's not all Zuck's fault. But blame aside, the digital information era is here and has been for some time. The impact of these changes will be studied by future generations for decades to come, but we already know that there has been a paradigm shift on how we communicate, interact, and share information; fundamentally changing or solidifying our perspective on issues, stories, or people in a manner of moments.
Trying to keep up is exhausting. And unfortunately for all of us, it also happens to be the difference between being ahead of the curve and looking brilliant or sitting behind the eight ball and trying to explain how you missed the signs to your board, clients, investors, employees, or boss.