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Publiceret den 8. september 2014

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Rigtig mange kender navnet ”McKinsey” – og i hvert fald kender alle professionelle ledere, rådgivere, økonomer og strateger udgivelsen af McKinsey Quartely.  Og de fleste af dem læser formodentlig firmates mange begavede og dybdeborende analyser. 

I fredags havde McKinsey 50 års jubilæum på ”Quarterly” – den første udgivelse var i 1964 – og i den anledning har abonnenter og interesserede fået tilbudt en jubilæumsudgave om ”Management intuition for the next 50 years”.

I lyset af at jeg selv netop har åbnet denne blog og startet med at introducere teknologitrends, kan jeg simpelthen ikke lade være med at dele McKinsey’s visioner og analyser for fremtiden.

Om end kort (artiklen er på ”kun” 13 sider – men med links til yderligere læsning) er det en skarp og overbevisende analyse af, hvordan ledere i dagens virkelighed bliver nødt til at tænke i teknologi og genopfinde sig selv som ledere.  Herunder er par teasere:

It will be increasingly difficult for senior leaders to establish or implement effective strategies unless they remake themselves in the image of the technologically advanced, demographically complex, geographically diverse world in which we will all be operating.

Everyone a technologist. Technology is no longer simply a budget line or operational issue—it is an enabler of virtually every strategy. Executives need to think about how specific technologies are likely to affect every part of the business and be completely fluent about how to use data and technology.

Rethinking resources. The convergence of IT and materials science is spawning a surge in innovation that will dramatically change when, where, and how we use natural resources.

Managing the new workforce. Technology is increasingly supplanting workers, and the pace of IT innovation is transforming what con-stitutes work as well as how, when, and where we work. MGI research suggests that as many as 140 million full-time knowledge workers could be displaced globally by smart machines—at the same time aging workforces are becoming commonplace and labor shortages are emerging for pockets of technical expertise. New priorities in this environment include ensuring that companies are using machine intelligence in innovative ways to change and reinvent work, building the next-generation skills they need to drive the future’s tech-led business models, and upskilling and retraining workers whose day-to-day activities are amenable to automation but whose institutional knowledge is valuable.

Change is hard. Social scientists and behavioral economists find that we human beings are biased toward the status quo and resist changing our assumptions and approaches even in the face of the evidence.

It would be easy, though, for organizations and leaders to become frozen by the magnitude of the changes under way or to tackle them on the basis of outdated intuition. Taking the long view may help.

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