BORGES’ MAP Navigating a World of Digital Disruption

spot-01Digital disruption is not a new phenomenon. But the opportunities and risks it presents shift over time. Competitive advantage flows to the businesses that see and act on those shifts first. We are entering the third, and most consequential, wave of digital disruption. It has profound implications not only for strategy but also for the structures of companies and industries. Business leaders need a new map to guide them. This article explains the factors underlying these disruptive waves, outlines the new strategic issues they raise, and describes a portfolio of new strategic moves that business leaders need to master.

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Singularity’s Salim Ismail on Exponentials

Singularity’s Salim Ismail on ExponentialsSingularity University has a lofty mission: to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponentials to address humanity’s grand challenges. Exponentials are accelerating technologies for which performance relative to cost and size is doubling every one to two years—a rate similar to Moore’s Law. In fact, Singularity has […]

 

Exponential Finance: Cost of Living in the Future Will Be Substantially Reduced

Exponential Finance: Cost of Living in the Future Will Be Substantially ReducedIt’s not every day that someone goes on a morning TV show and talks about the technological disruption of Fortune 500 companies and their subsequent failing as a sign of good things to come. But that’s exactly what went down on CNBC’s pre-market show Squawk Box today as Peter Diamandis delivered the sobering message.  […]

 

Feeding Tomorrow’s Billions: Lab-Grown Meat Products, Vertical Farms, AI-Designed Recipes, and More

Feeding Tomorrow’s Billions: Lab-Grown Meat Products, Vertical Farms, AI-Designed Recipes, and MoreFood and agriculture accounts for about 5.9% of the global GDP. Global food retail sales alone account for about $4 trillion/year, and food accounts for 15% of what American households spend each year.

It is an industry ripe for disruption.

Sensors, networks, machine learning/AI, robotics, 3D printing, synthetic genomics, stem cell science, and material science are going to transform how your food is produced, delivered, and consumed.   […]

 

Is Any Industry Safe From disruption?

Is Any Industry Safe From disruption?I recently dipped my toe into the Metals and Mining waters and walked away with the reinforcement that every industry is susceptible to disruption. There has long been a feeling that non-digital industries are safe from the power of disruption. In a recent piece on a New Economic Paradigm […]

 

Je Suis Charlie: You (and we) HAVE To Rethink Leadership

The infrequent visitor to this blog might be puzzled by the an apparent lack of coherence found herein. In the ‘Digest’ section I share many of the timely articles/stories that have captured my attention – all more or less speaking to the scale and scope of profound disruption, the forces that are ever faster shaping our existence.  Elsewhere in ‘Posts’ one will find the sometime chronicling of my journey over the past few years, and my thoughts on the changing nature of leadership.  Still elsewhere, the diligent reader will see that I’m applying myself to the challenge and reward of establishing a CEO Forum to better explore ways of building 15 or so exceptional businesses though peer mentoring and collaboration.

Sadly, the coherence is to be found in the shadow of the tragedy we’ve all just witnessed this past week in Paris, where the forces of ignorance struck out at a society wrestling with just the initial consequences of profound politico-socio-economic disruption driven in turn by exponential technological growth.  I have previously observed that orthodoxy generally can be regarded as a reaction to change – be it in our religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism etc.), our cultures, our legislatures, our institutions, our organizations – and our businesses.  As the complexity of the world becomes more indecipherable to some, many within our societies are clearly falling back on simpler answer sets for comfort and guidance – a disenfranchised (or perhaps more accurately unenfranchised) population that is growing at an alarming pace.  That this is happening speaks to a leadership deficit that is equally alarming – in our religious leaders of course, but so to in the leadership of our politicians, our community leaders and our business leadership.  When young men (and now women) take up arms against their homeland, there are a great many ‘leaders’  who have failed them, and more to the point, their victims.

If you’ve read this far, you must – MUST – take a few minutes to watch Jeremy Howard’s recent TEDx talk in Brussels – The Wonderful and Terrifying Implications Of Computers That Can Learn.  If you do so you will see that the stuff of science fiction is shaping our world much, much faster than most of us realize – with the attendant consequences (good and bad) on the entities that we lead.  It is not hard to imagine that those seeking a simple and simplistic  understanding of life and their role within it will join the ranks of the ignorant to our collective peril.  In short, if we want a world where each human has the opportunity to be a constructive and participative citizen and is motivated (and incented) to be the best ‘them’ they can be, we need a leadership cohort that is much, much better at making sense of their environments, with the consequent capacity to apply enlightened leadership to the reality of profound disruption.

And who provide the greatest numbers to the global leadership cohort?  Those who run businesses.  Those who are responsible for inventing things, making things, making things better, organizing things, creating employment.  Like it or not, our businesses have been given a societal license to create and distribute wealth and power a prosperous, healthy world.  Our businesses, like it or not, are the engines of societal growth.  On the whole – and as a cohort – we’ve done a pretty inadequate job, taking refuge in the laissez faire POV that ‘it’s not my job’ to think of the bigger picture.  “My job is to  run my business”.  The reality is, if we as a society are to realize the benefits – for all citizens – of profound disruption, then its our business leaders who need to step up and assume the responsibility of true leadership, or else inevitably others will (that societal license I referred to is ‘use it or lose it’).  And where product life-cycles are increasingly measured in months, successful businesses are adapting to a world of constant flux – something government and public sector leadership are structurally prevented from doing.

Simply put, to defeat ignorance we need to create happy, healthy societies that engage their populations – failure to do so will have terminal consequences.

What does it mean to be such a leader?  I have no idea.  But I do know that it’s less about where you look for answers as much as it is with whom you frame the questions, and share in the exploration and discovery of objective solutions.  I know that leadership isn’t found in the self-serving ‘how to be a winning CEO’ lists/articles we are all subjected to, but rather that leadership is nurtured from within.  And I do know that the place to start is at the ground floor – within the businesses that drive our societies.  Every business has the capacity to be an incubator for equitable wealth generation and distribution.  Every leader has the capacity to be an exemplar of enlightened leadership – accepting that when they seek the mantle of leadership they are joining a global community of world makers – who are party both to the defeat of ignorance and the victory of enlightenment.

We are all Charlie.

 

 

These 11 Technologies Will Go Big in 2015

These 11 Technologies Will Go Big in 2015

If you thought 2014 was thrilling, here’s a look at what I’m most excited about for 2015. Here are 11 of the most exciting new technologies moving from deceptive to disruptive this year. Magic Leap is working on advanced augmented reality. 1. Virtual reality: Expect a lot more action […]

 

Top 3 Tech Innovations To Improve Digital Customer Experience in 2015

Top 3 Tech Innovations To Improve Digital Customer Experience in 2015

Evolution driven by disruptive technologies is, by its very nature, unpredictable. In the last decade we have faced the birth of tech innovations that have deeply changed the way customers connect with brands and products. Customer experience is the key to reshape your business and rebuild engagement strategies. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014, one crucial question crosses our mind: What will the next years hold for business? How will technology innovations help you improve digital customer experience?  […]

 

Summit Europe: Artificial Intelligence Evolving From Disappointing to Disruptive

UnknownNeil Jacobstein , Singularity University’s co-chair in AI and Robotics, has been thinking about artificial intelligence for a long time, and at a recent talk at Summit Europe , he wanted to get a few things straight. There’s AI, and then there’s AI. Elon Musk recently tweeted this about […]

 

How Technology Is Going To Disrupt Health Care

How Technology Is Going To Disrupt Health Care

In 1000 BC, the only early test for diabetes was whether your urine attracted ants.  In 2012, 25.8 million United States residents with diabetes spent USD 245 billion on diabetes, a figure presently rising by 7% per annum.  But the cost […]

 
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