“like changing tires on a speeding car”

How it Works” is a 5 minute video by IBM Research that describes the changing nature of the way we work. There’s not much “new” but it is well-presented and I think would be useful as an opener or adjunct to many of my workshops and presentations on learning & working on the Web. I’m sure many of my colleagues would find it useful for similar purposes.

It discusses the main challenges in today’s workplace:

  1. embracing change, and
  2. connecting & working with people far away

IBM Research provides a good metaphor for dealing with constant change in the workplace – ” like changing tires on a speeding car”. I particularly agree with the statement that “Employees are ready … it’s the processes that guide their work that haven’t kept up”.

Everyone is facing these challenges and, once again, the crux of the matter is giving up control in order to have a more resilient organization. Resilience, or the ability to learn and adapt, will be the key factor in successful tire changes.

7 Responses to ““like changing tires on a speeding car””

  1. Ed Lojko

    For me there was little in the visual channel to support the message in the audio channel.

    I actually minimized the browser so I could focus on listening.

    Hope this doesn’t sound overly harsh.

    Cheers,
    Ed.

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  2. Dan Fitzgerald

    “IBM Research provides a good metaphor for dealing with constant change in the workplace – ” like changing tires on a speeding car”.”

    Sounds like the kind of metaphor the company who designed the concentration camp ‘HR’ system for the Holocaust would come up with.

    http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com/chapter1.php

    I presume their solution these days for worn-out (or non-conformist) ‘tires’ no longer involves a gas chamber?

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  3. Brian Stowe

    I really liked this video and found it very applicable. Thanks as always for sharing Harold.

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