Looking and Moving Forward

Moving forward

Andy Nulman reminds us that nobody knows how they're going to get where they want to go. The winners understand this, and build plans that allow for flexibility, adaptation, and the guts to cut bait and shift direction drastically as things change.

Things have changed considerably in the last couple of years. Think about the rise and integration of social media, which organizations considered a fad that would go away until they figured out they, too, could benefit from using it.

Hundreds of channels to choose from on television. Then attention split among as many sites and choices online, in addition to it. New tools and devices people can use to create and personalize their own digital experience and content.

Usually people ask me: what is the next Facebook? That's entirely the wrong question. Moving forward is the best way to look forward.


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0 responses to “Looking and Moving Forward”

  1. In a world full of advice this stands out. No path is the same. No recipe. No five steps. Define want you want and move forward in that direction. Do what’s necessary along the path. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Yes, we do sing, dance, act ourselves and world into existence.
    Consistent intent is the melody of our lives and our future. Though I cant sing so i’ll just have to hum my way through.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. In this world of socially constructed barriers, flexibility, which is something that we’re born with, (watch babies stick their toes in their mouths if you don’t believe me)becomes increasingly difficult. Being flexible and adaptable is a valuable skill worth practicing. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. or cry. I’ll always remember something Peter Rees told me a while back. That growth comes with sweat, blood, and tears. I can sing. Guess I should do more of that, then.

  5. as much as I can and know how to, this community is a place of fewest barriers and much richness of perspectives. Practicing critical thinking does make us flexible. Well said.

  6. and cry. But the melody is the same.
    To the point of critical thinking ( and maybe its the same point) the more I work with people the more I realise that we become imprisoned by what we learn and hold too tightly.
    Imagine a video game in which you were provided poor instructions ( but didn’t know it). If you were a good learner you’d learn the instructions and play the game accordingly.
    But, If you were my kids you’d never read the instructions, immerse yourself in the game and figure out how to play really well over time. More importantly you’d discover the game was far bigger, challenging and exciting than if you just followed the instructions provided.
    I see this where I work. There are instructions provided ( maximise shareholder value/ beat up on the management team) and directors play the game accordingly. But there is much, much more which can’t be seen until they let go of the incomplete and some times wrong instructions they tend to work from.
    Perhaps what I’m trying to say is that you need to learn from the game and learn the instructions provided lightly.

  7. I wish that I knew that this blogpost would lead me back here! I guess one could say that life is like Chat-Roulette…without the nude guys in Donald Duck masks. Thanks Valeria. You are truly sweet and sharply astute.

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