The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Peter Drucker

From Wikipedia (April 21, 2010 – 4:14 a.m.) –

A conflict of interest (COI) occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation for an act in the other.

Evolution is the change in the inherited traits of a population of organisms through successive generations.

A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. Aristotle described two types of political revolution:

1. Complete change from one constitution to another
2. Modification of an existing constitution.

The Encyclopædia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia") is a general English-language encyclopaedia published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., a privately held company. Articles are aimed at educated adults, and written by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 expert contributors. It is regarded as the most scholarly of encyclopaedias.

With no more science or knowledge than my personal “safety net” of being “often wrong but never in doubt” I offer the following observation on the revolution that is today’s marketplace and it’s conflict with the slow evolution from the individual comfort zone of each participant in that the workplace.

In the post-WWII work place people were told what to do. The beauty of that system was the lack of risk – the lack of personal responsibility. If you did as you were told you would do fine. There was no risk except in “thinking out of the box” - doing different than you were told.

Today we, because of the evil twins change / competition and technology, must think. Remember the first computers were called “electronic brains.” The conflict of interest within this transition is that people that are told what to do – do not learn how to think. The next conflict is that people who “bossed the doers” do not know how to “direct the thinkers.” When you think on your own, you must take a risk. If the “boss of old” screams every time something goes wrong, folks will quit thinking. Remember the turtle. He only makes progress by sticking his neck out. When chaos arises or he gets scared – he retreats into the safety of his shell and all progress stops.

Tomorrow will be a “big bang of change” driven by the technology of today – much more advanced than the “electronic brains” that got us here. Tomorrow we will be revolutionary as we race from a place of thinkers to a world of workplace artists – creators. It is a greater leap from thinker to creator than from doer to thinker. Doers focused on the boss. Thinkers focus on the work. Creators focus on outside of the work – most innovation in an industry comes from outside of the status quo. Do something about this now – think about it – create your own future. Revolutionize your life and your world.

Don’t believe me? Remember that the Britannica was written by people paid to do it –Wikipedia was created for free by workplace and marketplace artists. The revolution is coming. Are you ready?

Copyright (April 2010) - Michael G. Manes

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