Buckle Up for the Exponential Organization – Insight from Salim Ismail (Global Ambassador for Singularity University)


So, there are times when I feel like a horse and buggy in a Tesla world. And, it’s pretty scary.

I think I get the main point. The world is changing – a lot – fast! – faster than ever before.

And, the pace of change is only going to accelerate.

But, there are times when I feel like it is simply impossible to keep up.

I have presented synopses of many books on creativity and change and innovation. I know all about paradigm shifts (thanks to Thomas Kuhn, and his popularizer Joel Barker), and disruptive technologies and the inescapable disruption (thanks to Clayton Christensen).

But… it looks like we haven’t seen anything yet.

That’s pretty much the summary of a recent call from Jim Young. You’d have to know Jim to understand. He knows the trends as well as (better than!) anyone I know. He called to tell me to read two books. One, recently published; the other, coming in February. He had just been to a conference where he heard the two authors speak.

Exponential OrganizationsWhen Jim calls to tell me to check out a book, I pretty much have to drop everything else and check it out. And so I did. I immediately downloaded the sample pages of Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) by Salim Ismail.

Here are a few quotes/excerpts from the sample pages:

Congratulations on the successes that got you to this point in your career, but let me forewarn you that those skills are already out of date.
and
In today’s corporate world there is a new breed of institutional organism – the Exponential Organization – loose on Earth, and if you don’t understand it, prepare for it, and ultimately, become it, you will be disrupted.
and
Today the constant is change, and the rate of change is increasing.
and
The 6Ds: Digitized, Deceptive, Disruptive, Dematerialize, Demonetize and Democratize.

That’s just a sampling from the sample pages. The author, Salim Ismail, is one of the founding executive directors of and now Global Ambassador for Singularity University (building on the work of Ray Kurzweil).

In other words, this guy is on the cutting edge of the cutting edge.

So… here’s my reaction. I think things are changing so fast that our organizational abilities are being outstripped. We don’t yet know how to keep up with keeping up.

And, yes, now I have another full book to read to help me hopefully, at least partially, grasp just what is going on.

Thanks Jim – I think…

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