Roger and Mary were bother and sister. In fact there were three brothers and one sister. All were directors of a business started by their father. Mary was the youngest sibling and her father was disappointed when she was born because she wan’t a boy. He wanted another son in the business. Mary carried this with her all her life and in her work. The three boys all had front end roles in the business but Mary was relegated to a payroll admin role and she was dying inside.
But something happened – the convergence or coming together of the New Tech and the deep seated values inside of Roger for justice and love for his sister changed everything.
For the last twenty years, we have been moving from the age of continuous improvement to the age of innovation enabled by the New Tech.
In the nineties, continuous improvement, or what the Japanese call Kaizen, was seen as essential for every business to survive and grow. Essentially Kaizen focuses on improving what is already there. Innovation, which is about creating something new, was the business of a few companies.
The New Tech has changed that. The New Tech, often called 4IR, is about convergence where applications and data are coming together e.g. on the smartphone. The data connects things in ways that enable us to see patterns and opportunities to innovate not previously available. Convergence is about the capability of being able to innovate from the wholeness of things, not the parts. This New Tech is now available to every business, not just the few previously badged as innovators.