I’ve just written this blog with Giles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business, a good read for anyone who wants a more innovative and agile way of staying in business.
Here’s the intro, follow the link to his site for the full blog.
In 1986 the average knowledge worker carried in their heads 75% of the knowledge they needed to do their job. By 2006 the average had dropped to 8%, today it’s around 5%, and within 10 years the average will be 1%. (ref. Carnegie-Mellon rolling study by Robert Kelley).
This is a paradigm shift. To succeed as a 1% knowledge worker requires learning different capabilities to before, not just trying harder. This is hitting leadership roles hardest, soonest. Leadership today requires much that leadership used to require; and a lot more that is part of a different paradigm.
As Peter Drucker said:
“in times of turmoil, the danger lies not in the turmoil, but in facing it with yesterday’s logic.”