“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy”

Paul Getty

Last Friday, I was interviewing a younger group of those ‘just starting out’ types for a role in my consulting Startup. During the course of the interview, when I asked one casually clad aspirant, “Why you want this job?”

I got a startling reply, “Not a job. I am looking for something unfamiliar and undefined…Want to discover myself.”

 At that moment, rather than dismissing his reply as naïve, I considered adjusting my thoughts.

 Let’s first come to some agreement with few unembellished testimonials.

We are in the 21st century and living in an increasingly fast-paced and ever-changing world.  It is predominantly driven by an interminably “disruptive” business warfare. Entire world is witnessing an unprecedented economic dynamics. Today innovation is virtually tantamount to survival for any business.

The market dynamics are changing so dramatically that if your products /services can’t keep up with the realities, you might not be in the business much longer…You are, in fact, absolved straight to the garbage pit.  To thrive and excel in today’s business climate, it is imperative for companies to adapt differently than they have in the past. Today’s survival mantra is to innovate and grow by capitalizing on the rapid speed of change. The intimidating challenge for most of the enterprises is to adapt to the change unpretentiously. More a company pigheadedly remain cemented to old ways, the uglier are the penalties. Today best of the companies are overtly feeling being pushed to the wall as never before. More than change it is the consequences of the change that are flattening them hard. Continue reading