In the book, “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,” a young child named Susan inquires about the mighty lion-king named Aslan. “Is he safe?” she asks. Mr. Beaver responds, “Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
Technology is changing everything. And that’s good, but it is not necessarily safe to current business models, traditional companies, or change-resistant organizations. The wave of genetic-changing, mind-reading, autonomous-driving, augmented-reality capabilities is upon us, and it has the potential to make all human lives better and happier. But disruption can be messy and unequally distributed. People and companies slow to change could have the wave come crashing down on their heads. Traditional, slow-moving bureaucracies won’t make it.
Leaders have to adapt quickly and make sure their teams do the same. Those who care deeply about developing people, implementing positive social change, transforming culture, and driving innovation can help their tribes adapt to painful, positive change.
These leaders will be good, but not safe.