Tech Savvy in 2021: Make the Future as you know it. With new technologies are becoming part of everyday life, our culture becomes more intertwined with technology than ever. By using a combination of virtual reality goggles, augmented reality glasses, and personal tech devices, we are moving from a world of “the other guy” to one of ourselves. To prevail in a powerful future, you must be an innovator, a creator, and a pioneer.
Are you one of the few leaders who are doing something concrete about it? Are you working with your team to identify the next big idea? Have you taken the time to study and absorb data and technology? Where do you see yourself in 20 years? How would you define yourself and your ability to impact your organization?
What kind of leaders are you? Do you view technology and its impact on your company or industry as a way to enhance your process or solution? Do you think of it as an enabler or a hindrance? What are some of the challenges you face?
It’s easy to say you’re passionate about your company. But what’s harder to measure is your passion. You might have all the answers for how technology can help your business succeed. But if you don’t show the customers how it can help them, you’ll have a hard time convincing them that it’s a good thing. In the meantime, customers will be confused about your support for their technologies and will doubt that you’re serious about supporting their applications and technologies.
Tech Savvy in 2021 might be about setting the bar for what leadership means. That’s not enough. The definition of leadership has to be flexible enough to adjust to the future. Leaders need to be able to adjust to changes in expectations, competition, and in technology.
Technology Savvy in 2100 isn’t about writing the latest book or is designing the next great social networking site. It’s about applying proven best practices to increase productivity and reducing cost. In other words, it’s about planning for the future. So the authors really know their stuff. After reading the book, I can only say that these practices could well be the future of business.
A good place to start for future leaders is with the organizations that are already doing it. Executives should read the book and consider its suggestions. Organizations like Starbucks, Nike, AT&T, and Xerox have all shown that leadership doesn’t come naturally. While they may not be leaders by nature, their practices suggest that being a good leader does come with time and practice.
The authors do a good job of describing how being tech savvy can be a positive thing. It points out that leaders need to be flexible enough to allow for change and to adjust to circumstances that might otherwise be negative for their organization. Leaders should also be willing to embrace change if it can be applied to their organization in a way that increases performance and reduces cost. Being tech savvy today can help you to be tech savvy tomorrow.