The tech industry is inherently inspiring. As someone who has been observing it pretty closely for such a long time, I can sincerely vouch for the many old and new benefits it brings to our lives—and what it holds for us in the future.
If the 2010s were the decade of cloud computing and big data, the 2020s will see a torrential downpour. Already more than 20 billion IoT devices are contributing data. Smart cities will add to that, as will Enterprise Content Management and Machine Learning. These will threaten to drown business leaders that have to derive insights and plan strategies based on veritable oceans of data.
My clients for media skills and executive presence training are almost exclusively senior business and government leaders. But when National University of Singapore asked me a few years ago to coach their top MBA students, I accepted. The opportunity to contribute to the development of future business and government leaders was too good to pass up.
You need to have the courage to keep moving. We are so fond of instant gratification, that we get discouraged when we don’t see immediate success. But what I believe is that whether it’s success or failure, it should not be a show-stopper. You should keep putting effort to get things to the next level. Overnight success is a thing but it doesn’t happen as often as we expect.
Read the headline again. Isn’t it crazy that in the 2020s your corporate communications team is going to have to grapple with such strange media enquiries.
You only need to look to Greenland’s melting glaciers, or the increased severity of storms, to know climate change is already upon us. All we can hope for in the 2020s is to stop it getting worse, or to adjust to its impact.
Please can we retire "Before I start" from keynote presenters' vocabularies.