From Now On

Vol 5 . . . No 2 . . . October, 1995


Think the unthinkable

The unthinkable is likely to happen, but only those who think about the unthinkable may be prepared for its arrival. The unthinkable is likely to rear-end those who plan for the future like the ostrich with their heads in the sand.

"It's unthinkable!" complained one ostrich to another upon learning that they were being groomed as a substitute for sirloin steak.

"It's unthinkable!" complained one dinosaur to another upon sinking forever into the mud.

"Who would have ever thought it could happen to us?" groan the laid off employees of IBM, Sears, Eastern Airlines, People's Express and other miracle corporations of the 1980s.

The technology leader asks what might happen if wireless networks ever really take off big time . . . asks how home technologies might change the nature of learning.

For innovation to "take root" in an organization's daily functioning, a good number of people need to be willing to question "the way it's spozed to be." In some groups, they may be branded heretics or trouble-makers. The top people may try to silence their questions. But silence, in this case, is definitely not golden.

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