This week in my Leading Women in Business Group on Facebook, I have been going live between 12 and 1 on the subject or reinvention.
Re-invention is a bit of a theme of my life. I have always loved change. I love the changing of the seasons. I love new inventions, new discoveries. I am typically an ‘early adopter’. I get easily bored. I am probably similar to any entrepreneurs and very different from the majority of people on the subject of change. I love it.
Most people have a bit of a fear of change. And it’s perfectly normal. Our brains are designed to keep us safe And being (literally) in familiar territory, is safe.
Imagine this. We are in pre-history. We are in a cave, where we live with our family – maybe our tribe. We go outside every morning when the sun comes up and from our high vantage point above the savannah we survey our neighbourhood.
If we see everything that was there the day before and nothing that wasn’t – we feel safe. But if we see something we aren’t expecting – like a herd of deer running our way – then we might think they are being chased by something, and go on the alert. You see same=safe from olden days. It’s in our psyche!
The problem with that thought process is that – well – that just isn’t life anymore. The speed of change is increasing year on year. It took hundreds of thousands of years for humans to start living in anything bigger than a tribe – the first cities date from about 7,500 in Mesopotamia. It took another few thousand years for written language to develop.
It took till 500 years ago for someone to sail around the world. The first human flight was just over 100 years ago (1903). And look at the speed of development since then. Things were already getting quicker and quicker, but since the invention of the first modern computer – Manchester’s ‘Baby’ in the late 1940’s things really motored. And now things that were taking 10 years to develop are taking 10 weeks. It seems every day there is something new popping up.
When I started my first business back in 2001, working from home was considered not the done thing. You weren’t a ‘proper’ business if you worked from home. It was acceptable for tradespeople – but not for anyone else, and even for tradespeople it was ‘better’ if you had an office.
This was of course, very handy for the government, since if you had an office they could heap some extra taxes on you like business rates (which unlike domestic rates do NOT even include getting your bins emptied). And if you had employees – whoopy do – because not only were they making 33% tax and national insurance from everyone you created a job for, they could also whack another 13 % “employers” national insurance on YOU as the business owner and creator. No-one ever explained to me what I got for THAT 13%.
Now it is all very different.
You can work from home and be a ‘proper’ business. Many people do. My whole team are home based parents who want a better quality of life and would rather not spend a couple of hours a day travelling and spend unnecessary cash on transport, parking and lunches!
They are also not all in the UK, as the internet, video conferencing and project management software has opened up the world.
And that’s all in the last 17 years. Facebook has only been going for 15 years. Crazy eh? Smart phones less than 12 years. Today’s kids may not be able to imagine being on holiday and not being able to be in touch with anyone back home, except by making a very expensive phone call.
The pace of change is ever increasing.
The need to reinvent ourselves is ever more important.
For companies that fail to reinvent themselves there is only one end – and its not a good one.
And for individuals it is also really important. Your job security in this era no longer depends on skills you learnt at school – those are probably obsolete by the time you get your first job, or certainly your second. The skill you need above all others – is the ability to reinvent yourself.
You have to be flexible enough to change direction quickly. You need to be open enough to learn new stuff – quickly. And you need to be curious enough to understand what change you need to make, and make it BEFORE it is forced upon you by the speed of change.
My mother – who is one of the least tech savvy people I know – has an iPhone 8 and a super duper iPad, on which she shops, does her banking, watches stuff and goes on Facebook. She has rather enjoyed this little reinvention!
Sometimes though – the pace of change is just SOOO fast that it can be really helpful if someone else has already made the changes you want to make. Does that make sense? And so that is why I created my Leading Women in Business Mastermind that meets monthly for support, collaboration and inspiration.
If you would like to be part of the Mastermind drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you want to come along in person to our events in Manchester and (soon to be) Bristol, or whether the online mastermind would be better for you. First time is complimentary – so what do you have to lose? You can also click here to join our Leading Women In Business Facebook Page.