Liking Irrelevance Less

One of my all-time favorite quotes, it is not my top all-time favorite quote but it’s up there with about three others. I like this quote a lot because it is refers to the one thing that I talk about. I mean I harp on it. I beat it down and try to cram it down people’s throat. I do now once you cram stuff down people’s throat you cannot make them accept it but I do hope it at least gets people thinking. If I don’t get them thinking, I hope to at least raise an eyebrow or two. That quote is by General Eric Shinseki, former Chief of Staff United States Army:

If you don’t like change you’re going to like irrelevance even less.

“If you don’t like change you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” I think that about sums it up as General Shinseki says change is going to happen. You have got to either embrace it or accept the fact that it (change) is here. It is coming, it is going to happen and if you don’t change, guess what? That’s right you are going to fall by the wayside. You are going to be sent to the side of the road. You are going to be one of those people that sits there and watches the parade go by and then wonder what happened. That is the truth. That’s your destiny. It does not get any truer than that. You are going to become irrelevant. Change is coming and I’m seeing it all over the place. I am seeing it everywhere. Now more so than ever and it’s technology is doing that technology is driving that change.
What do we do? Well, we can sit here and put our head in the sand and expect that it’s not going to happen to us. I guarantee you it’s going to happen to us. It is going to happen. Every industry is going to be impacted by change and if you do not believe me you have got your head in the sand.
Look at look at what Netflix and Amazon Prime did to Blockbuster. Look at what happened. Where is Blockbuster now? They are gone.
A huge company, a huge organization and now they’re gone. They are gone because they refused to change. They refused to adapt. They had a chance to buy Netflix. They had a chance to buy out Netflix and they chose not to. Now, Blockbuster Video is gone and folks, it is going to happen across a lot of other industries.
It is already happening, now in the food service industry specifically the pizza industry. I saw this commercial earlier this week for the Little Caesars pick up portal. You can order online on your Little Caesars app on your phone and you can pay online. Through the app on the phone, you enter your credit card information or your debit card information. Then you just show up at the store because they don’t deliver. You show up at the store and you go to the portal. You find your little number then you enter the code, the little door will open, that applies to you, and it’s just that simple and you take your pizzas, you leave. You never have to talk to a human being. That is right, you never have to talk to a human being.
AirBnB, look what it is doing to the hospitality industry. Rocket Mortgage; look what it is doing to the home lending industry. Realtor dot com app where you can search by drawing a little circle or draw a pattern that shows you all the homes in that search area. That is going to continue rock the industry. That app and others like it are going to change the real estate business. It does not care what anybody says, the real estate business needs to change. It is going to happen because it is happening already. If somebody is sitting out there not believing that it is not going to happen or think that people will not do that, people won’t allow that. Yet, look at what happened to the horse-drawn carriage, that’s right the automobile industry took care of that.
Now look at what is happening to the driving industry. We are getting driverless vehicles, the consumer will no longer be driving their own vehicles. Sure there might be somebody driving a vehicle but the consumer themselves will not be driving the vehicle. Look at Lyft, at Uber, it is happening.
To continue living a life and a mindset of “oh, it’s not going to happen to my industry” is nonsense. Guess what is going to happen to the pharmaceutical industry, the pharmaceutical business, those pharmacies at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target? The Pharmacy business is going to combine a little AirBnB, a little Rocket Mortgage, and a little Little Caesars. That’s right, what is going to happen, I do not know if you have seen them but there are these little robots that make mixed drinks. In Japan and in the larger cities like Las Vegas in some hotels, they have robots that mix drinks because they know exactly where the vodka is, their mechanical arm goes and pulls it. It knows exactly how much to pour to get two shots of vodka. It knows how to shake, stir whatever you need. It knows how to drop the cherry or the olives into the martini and present it to you.
Guess what is going to happen because it is happening now. It has already happened and it’s going to continue to happen. This coming change is going to rock the pharmacy business and it’s going to rock that industry on its heels.
Folks, while it is quite simple, the problem remains. There are people out there that refuse to accept the fact that it is going to change. While there is always going to be a need for a human. There will always be a need for human but a human to ensure that the machine is still up and running. To ensure that the machine is still doing what it’s supposed to do. Yes, there is going to be a continued need for a human, for the time being. Humans but eventually, we will all putting ourselves out of business, out of a job. Technology is and will be putting everyone else out of business.
Thus, you need to adapt, you need to change, you need to plan and you need to act on that plan. If you do not, I sure do hope you like irrelevance. Relevance and Change is coming and it is going to shape the future. Either you are relevant or you are not relevant and that is all there is to it. It does not matter what you do. It is going to happen and again, it is changing all around you and if you are not seeing the forest for the trees then you get exactly what you deserve.
What are you doing to go with that change that is coming to stay? To remain relevant as opposed to becoming irrelevant? The time to act is now because before you know it, you are going to watch that parade go by and you won’t know what happened.
Personally, I’d much rather be in the parade but then again, that’s just me.

New Podcast Episode Now Online (#119)

Episode 119 of the Walking Leader Podcast is now online and ready for your listening pleasure. 

In Episode 119 of the Walking Leader Podcast, your host, David Guerra  talks about NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION versus SUCCESSFUL ONBOARDING. 

David talks about how the first impression any organization makes should NOT be the one that leaves the new hire doubting their decision to accept the job offer and joining the organization. Do what you can now to remove any form of doubt because once that first impression is made it cannot be undone.  Always create WIN-WIN situations in all that you do.


click here to go to the WALKING LEADER PODCAST #119 page.

How I Find Blogging Ideas

I used to blog, a lot. By a lot, I mean a lot. Then as life usually happens other things come into our lives and quickly that what we know to be important is moved to a back burner to simmer until we are ready to deal with it. That is exactly what happened to me when it came to blogging.

Then when I wanted to get back in to a regular schedule of I found that I had difficulty finding new blog ideas. It seems that all the good ideas have been taken, or have they?

No! All the good blogging ideas are still out there. I know for a fact, that the surface has only been scratched. How do I know this?

Simple. The good/great blogging ideas have yet to be hatched. No matter your genre, your area of expertise or what you find interesting enough to talk about there are so many unique perspectives that if all of a sudden, everyone started blogging the blogging ideas would continue to flow and never end.

Again, how do I know this?

I know this because every day there is something new happening. There is something different. No two days are alike and that is where I find my blogging ideas. Well, that is where I am finding them now.

I find them and jot down those ideas in my handy, dandy, trusty FIELD NOTES notebook. I keep those ideas listed, thus filling a well of ideas. However, there is a slight problem.

The problem is taking those ideas from the FIELD NOTES and onto this page, this screen, and into your eyes and mind.

That might just be for the next blog post. I should not forget what today’s blog post is about: How I find my blogging ideas.

As I wrote, before writing in my Field Notes notebook, I am finding those ideas in what is happening in the world around us. It may be a news story about corporate social irresponsibility or leadership failures. Then again, the ideas come from those feel good stories and where the good guy wins. Something that catches my eye or I hear talking and behaving.

Finding those blogging ideas means I have become an OBSERVATIONAL NOTE-TAKER or a RECORDER OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE. However, I should add that many of the notes or experiences that I record might not ever see the light of day on my blog. If you take my process of blogging ideas then I recommend the notes you take should remain unpublished, well at least 99% of them should go unpublished.

Sure, they are good ideas to you. You recorded them after all. However, what goes on to become a blog entry should be those ideas that are GREAT IDEAS. Those gems in all your notes that call out to you are the ones that become blog entries. However, keep those ideas that do not make it to blog entries because what is not great today may become great later. It all depends on what the future brings.

There may be an event or individual that reinforces something you noted a while ago. Life is funny that way as things tends to repeat itself involving other individuals and in other circumstances. Sometimes, the events or individuals are overt and other times they are so sublime that in a blink of an eye things have happened and it is over. Remain observant to what is happening all around you and vigilant when it comes to jotting down those ideas.

If you have been struggling for find blogging ideas then please, turn on the television, open the newspaper, fire up the PC, bust out that pen, paper, observe life and get to jotting those ideas down. Turn those ideas into blog posts. Give it a try. What will it hurt?

by David G. Guerra, MBA
Author of the Walking Leader and Great To Follow

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