Change is dynamic. It creates constantly new challenges for humans to deal with.
We cannot meet new challenges of higher level at the same level we were used to. We need to find ways to elevate our thinking and above the level of the challenges that we encounter.
Dynamic thinkers think of not only the direct effect of change but also of its repercussions on other related activities.
Change is like an octopus and extends its arms to many areas that affect our social and economic lives. I covered in a presentation on “The disruptive rippling effect of technology”. The presentation covers the disruption of many facets of our lives due to the introduction of driverless cars.
First order thinking does not help. To ask what effect a certain technology would have on an industry is not enough. We need to ask more revealing questions to have a better anticipation of the dynamic change that the technology is going to disrupt and its boomerang effect on our own industry.
If we simply ask one question then we are subject more likely to our confirmation bias. We tend to favor feedback that supports our belief. This is misleading and may expose us to unanticipated risks.
We need to peel the onion of new technology to reveal its full possible impact. Questions such as
- Which sectors are most likely to be affected?
- What would be the reaction of competitors?
- How society would react?
- What disruption in peoples’ lifestyles the technology would have?
- How do we reduce the risk of the technology not getting popular?
- What differentiates the new technology from existing ones?
- How the environment would be affected?
- Are there religious beliefs that would hamper the penetration of the new technology?
- And many more…
Charlotte Wittenkamp wrote a great comment in which she said “managers must learn to model openness and vulnerability so the employees are not afraid to ask questions or say when they need help for fear of retributions.” No leader or manager shall do that because this leads to first order thinking only.
Asking questions and answering them is the way to bring your mind to higher thinking levels.
Dynamic minds keep asking dynamic questions.