Leading change in a world of transformation

13 November 2018

As the buzzwords of innovation and technology continue to grow, the desire for change will continue to evolve. The standard roles and systems will continue to be taken over by newer technology and automation. But the hunt for skilled and evolving workers will not end. Those at risk, are those that are not developing and embracing the change.

Imagine a few of the most successful and “busiest” leaders; how do you believe they spend their time? Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, read one book a week during the most demanding time in his career. Warren Buffett spent 80% of his time in reading and creative thinking throughout his career. You may be asking yourself, why?

Recently Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, has spoken passionately about stepping down as the leader of his $420 billion organisation to follow his true passion- teaching and learning. These leaders found the time because they recognised the value of organisational learning in a world full of change; and they recognised the stakes if they didn’t develop and evolve along with it.

According to TechCrunch, between the years 2000-2010, robots replaced 85% of manufacturing jobs. This one stat can depict the future market and the invaluable aspect of developing an adaptive mindset. So how do we stop embrace the change and lead the transformation? How can we make the time to be like the leaders of our day who were continuously evolving and learning? 


Our mind connects and categorises information, forming patterns and habits, to reduce our thinking. However, to gain the clarity to find new possibilities, we need to embrace uncertainty and ambiguity by letting ideas coexist simultaneously to explore all possible solutions. Imagine walking by a room of designers in the thick of creating the perfect video to market a new self-driving car. They are in their design process and are not sure of what the answer is yet, but they give themselves the permission to explore. This type of design thinking embraces ambiguity. It can be uncomfortable, but will lead to identifying all possibilities, so that the right solution can reveal itself.


Information, technology and communication is always changing. It is important to be constantly identifying knowledge and staying ahead of the curve: brainstorm, consider new avenues, try something new. These possibilities further develop when we foster creativity. Creativity is the driver of innovation. It is no longer enough to manage change, we must also be able to contribute to the dynamic process.


We live in a world of continuous change. If you sit still long enough, you will miss something. We need to be able to think differently and evolve our thinking to be continuously learning and developing, without delaying our decision making.

At Change2020, we help individuals and organisations to embrace the change, think differently and learn to tackle complexity in unfamiliar situations. To find out more about becoming a transformational leader and building your ability to accept change, get in touch with us here.

We are here to help.

Kerryn Fewster

Kerryn is the Founder and Director of Change 2020. She has consulted extensively in the area of Transition and Transformation. She places emphasis on strategy development and solution implementation to minimise people and operational impacts associated with major change.

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