TheFuturein5, Episode 28: What Is the Biggest Barrier to Change?

In this episode of the Future in 5, I discuss what is the biggest barrier to change for organizations? In other words, why are some organizations not changing? This question was put to me at the recent Microsoft Leadership Summit in Prague where I spoke to about 300 CXOs from the Czech Republic and surrounding areas on the future of work. When we think about the future, we think about Millennials, collaboration technologies, flexible work programs, or any of the many leadership and management models and approaches. The strategies are there. The tactics are there. The examples are there. The research is there. But, where organizations struggle is not not having enough information to be able to make these changes. The biggest barrier to change is mental. We have to remember that a lot of people running our organizations were taught to operate in a very process-oriented, linear way. However, we live in a very different world where a lot of these processes and ways of thinking and evolving our organizations no longer work. To recap a previous episode titled "Why It's Different This Time," we live in a very connected world, the pace of change is increasing, and everyone in every organization everywhere around the world is being disrupted. In this episode I share my perspective on this barrier and what organizations need to do to succeed. It will be very interesting to see what happens to organizations over the next five years -- to see which organizations will disappear off of the Fortune 500 list and which organizations will surface as the new incumbents. Why do you think organizations are not changing? Tune in, and share your thoughts and insights.

Jacob Morgan is a futurist, best-selling author and keynote speaker, learn more by visiting The Future or check out his latest book,"The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders and Create a Competitive Organization," on Amazon.

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