Take Me To Your Leader

It’s amazing how rapidly technology is changing our ways of life. Forget the Dick Tracy communications wristwatch, we now seem to have access to products that genius inventor “Q” would have designed for Secret Agent 007.

Recently Apple introduced the I-phone X and as I reviewed the latest features one that I found astonishing was it offered face recognition accessibility. I suppose your “thumbprint” is now considered “old school.” In my family I’m considered at the time as rather than an I-phone 7 Plus, my version is the outdated 7 – Well Excuse me!

Atlantis, the Pyramids, and AOL

It doesn’t seem so long ago that having AOL at the end of your e-mail address was considered current, now when someone shares an e-mail with AOL listed in the address, you almost feel sorry for that person.

What’s strange there was a time that one could memorize 15-20 telephone numbers, now when you ask for someone’s cell number, the response is typically let me text it back to you. We are traveling through time almost in hyper speed; it’s a little scary what life will be considered normal five years from now. My bet is microchip implementation will soon be the norm. Health plan coverage likely will offer microchip upgrade procedures with your annual flu shot.

Where Are the Books at Barnes and Noble?

This week I entered a Barnes and Noble and before the cashier asked if I wanted to become a member; no exaggeration approximately only half the store contained actual books. Instead of an abundant of literacy selection now – toys, games and greeting cards crowded the store shelves and aisles. Amazon has had a dominant effect in the way our purchase habits have changed that’s for sure. It’s interesting as much as we are a generation of consumers that want things yesterday; now we have been reprogrammed to yes, order on impulse, but accept that product will be delivered the following day, including Sundays right at our doorsteps.

And talk about reprogramming, it’s almost become natural to walk into a store with your own bag. For some reason, some consumers mirror relatives of Ebenezer Scrooge when it comes to distaste in shelling out a dime for a bag. Rather than buy or bring a bag, on more than one occasion I’ve seen families walk out of the store with hands filled with merchandise and it wasn’t that long ago that store security officer would be approaching them as shoplifting suspects.

We, humans, are truly interesting creatures. Just when you think we’re ready to “Beam me up Scotty” here and there, I notice men and women on street corners twirling promotional signs; vendors pushing cars through the neighborhood selling hot dogs and snow cones; and doesn’t it seems each grocery storefront has boy or girl scouts hocking candies, nuts, and cookies. I even had to take a second look inside Barnes and Noble, when I saw vinyl records for sale; I must have entered the Twilight Zone.

Could You Spell that Again – Never Mind

I wonder if the pending collapse of “spell check” in the future is imminent. I know it wasn’t that long ago that the words Uber, Lyft, Hulu, and AirBnB were considered misspellings of some sort. I also imagine the Smithsonian will soon feature a new exhibit that will include pay phones, fax machines, 8 track and cassette stereos, and automobiles that once required drivers to maneuver. Boy, I can’t wait for the Apple I-phone XXV to be released.


Al "Skip" Solorzano
Al "Skip" Solorzano
SKIP is a recognized expert in the field of diversity with keen ability to build strategic alliances, and successfully expand supplier diversity initiatives. He has consulted with multiple client sectors including pharmaceutical, insurance, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, utilities nonprofit organizations, business entities and employee groups. As a facilitator and learning consultant presents unique perspectives to develop solutions; and promote qualities to successfully work with others through diversity, team-building and leadership development. Solorzano has been featured as a presenter at conferences sponsored by such entities as: AT&T, The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Social Security Administration. A former Governor appointee and member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; Solorzano has been recognized by United Way as Most Influential Hispanics of the Bay Area; and a recipient of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the Year award. Skip’s career endeavors as a corporate liaison, community leader and entrepreneur, provides the unique insight to write on an array of subject matter from learning processes; diversity; with a shared humorous perspective of life.

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  1. The only constant you can rely on is change. But somethings change so much slowly than others. Years ago I was at university learning to be a computer engineer. Because of the aggressiveness of the program there wasn’t that much room for electives. Because of conflicts, I could not take some courses that I really wanted to take. There was psychology. There also was a new course offered about the impact of computer technology on culture and society. Though I wasn’t able to take these courses, these topics are really close to my heart both personally and professionally.

    I find everything changes, but a lot of those changes are really superficial. The foundation such as human psychology and behavior really don’t change at the level we perceive them to do. Change in the future is always rooted in what happened in the past — so I became quite a bit of historian on how the principles and practices we have today have a long and colourful history. The management approaches we use today have a five-hundred year old history. The data science we practice today has almost a hundred year old history. The challenges we face today are just different flavours of what we have faced for centuries.

    Change is good. But history is even greater.

  2. I love history, tradition, heritage and I grew up on a old dirt road but even then I imagined what it would be like to go to Mars. So while I cherish the old I always advocate change. Great Article. PS I worked at Barnes and Noble when it had books and we were called booksellers.