Dean van Leeuwen
Dean van Leeuwen
- Chief Intellectual Adventurer, TomorrowToday
Dean is a founder of TomorrowToday UK and has over 20 years experience working in marketing, operations, innovation and strategic planning. He speaks on disruptive trends changing the
world and the strategies business leaders can employ to improve organisational performance.read more..
Videos with Dean van Leeuwen
Disruptive innovation in a golden era of change
Author: Dean van Leeuwen, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: blowing industries apart, Business Risk, Business Strategy
Tags: industrial revolution
Disruptive innovation can be great if businesses adapt.We’re living in a golden era of change. Amazing technological innovations that are happening at the moment. We actually believe that the period that we are living during is going to have as big an impact as the industrial revolution. And you can look back every sort of 150, 200 years there’s inflection points where everything seems to change. The size of forces just come rushing in and they converge and they change and they transform the world dramatically. And we believe that we’re living during one of those times. I believe that historians will name the period that we are living in at the moment. And like that has important implications for business leaders. Because if that prediction is true, even if it’s just half true, then that means that you can’t go back to your workplaces and take last year’s strategy and add 10%. continue doing the same things over and over again. It means that you can’t go back and just do the same things that you’ve done over and over again just because they’ve worked in… in the past. And the surest way to fail in a world that is changing like this is just to continue doing the same things over and over again. Connected Economy TV will continue to discuss disruptive innovation in future TV Shows.
Disruptive technology innovation
Author: Dean van Leeuwen, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: Business Risk, Business Strategy, Digital Trends, IT Strategy
Tags: Google, Sebastian Thrun
Disruptive technology and business developmentWell, when we… when we look at technology we look at the innovations that are happening and… and the disruptive renovation around technology. There are so many new exciting innovations at the moment that it’s difficult to know which one do we place our bet on. So, you know, just off the top of my head, you know, the innovations that are really catching the headlines are things like 3D printers and Google Glass, you know, self-driving cars. You’ve got microchips that we can implant in our brain to help us, you know, think we’ve got D… the ability to now sequence our DNA. There are amazing technological innovations that are happening at the moment. When you think about the technologies that are… that are out there and… and available, there are really only two things that business leaders need to be analysing and keeping their… their eye on and think about the implications. And… and the first one is, is this. What’s new technology? Well, all it means is it’s really our ability to gather massive amounts of information, process that information in real time and use the output for valuable and immediate effect. So let me give you an example of what I’m talking about here. Sebastian Thrun, he’s a… he’s one of the lead scientists on the Google self-driving car project. And when he was 18 years old he lost his best friend in a car accident. And Sebastian set himself the goal of saving 1.2 million lives every single year. Now 1.2 million lives are the number of people that die in car accidents every year. And as the lead scientist on the… the Google self-driving car Sebastian has been doing some amazing things. And what… if you think about the self-drive… the self-driving car, Google car, what really is doing it, it has thousands of these magical sensors on… around the car. And he created a 3D real time map of world environments around it. So it’s capturing massive amounts of information. It’s processing that information in real time. If it wasn’t processing it in real time it wouldn’t be how these cars they can drive around unassisted without anyone behind the steering wheel. And it’s using it to… that information to real and immediate valuable effect. So what we’re seeing is that because of our ability to do all of this, and… and we all know, you know, because of Moore’s law computers have been doubling in speed every 18 months. But in the last few years if you combine our ability for massive amounts of storage space, you know, broadband and… and Wi-Fi, that doubling in speed has really started to mean something to the point now where many of the things that we thought were impossible. So self-driving cars we thought were impossible we can now do. 3D printers it’s the same thing, you know, gathering masses amount of information, scanning the object using a CAD file. Printing that object out right in front of you immediately, you know, rapid prototyping. It’s the same concept. Our ability to gather masses amount of information, process it in real time and use it to valuable only immediate effect. And that’s the key… the first key thing that’s happening at the moment. So business leaders need to be asking two questions. What’s your Google car? And what can you do that you once believed was impossible because you probably can now do it because of the power behind these… these technologies. The second thing is generational. You need an understanding how the different generations look at this, these technologies. Many of these new technologies, these new innovations, for the younger, the gen Y there’s digital natives. It’s not weird; it’s not something that’s different. It’s… it’s very normal for them. Douglas Adams, the author said that… that anything that happens when… when you’re born is… is totally normal. Anything that happens when you’re in your 30s, your 20s and your 30s is revolutionary. Anything that happens after your… you’ve… you’ve turned 40 is just weird and wrong. Okay. So for most business leaders over the age of 40 most of what’s happening around us is totally weird and… and wrong. For the young digital natives all of these new technologies are totally normal. They’re… they’re not even impressed by them, you know, it’s just… And we need to understand that… I don’t think we’ve even started to understand the disruptive force that the digital natives’ generation is going to bring to the workplace. So to understand the impact or the disruptive impact of technology there are two things to understand. Impact of digital natives on your business as customers and as in employees. And then how do you gather massive amounts of information, process that information in real time and use it to immediate and valuable effect. We have more exciting expert discussion about disruptive technology to come on Connected Economy TV.
Business strategy models are changing
Author: Dean van Leeuwen, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: Business Strategy
Tags: Collaboration, New World of Work
Business strategy models during turbulent timesI think it’s… it’s not about throwing the… the baby out of the bathwater. There… there are a number of things that are important that will still work. Most of the things that have worked in the past… Well, there’s two aspects to this. And just because you’ve succeeded in the… in the past doing something in a particular way it doesn’t mean that you’re going to succeed going into the future. I think Peter Drucker said the danger during times of turbulences is not the… the turbulence itself, it’s acting with yesterday’s logic. So I think the surest way to fail in the world that is changing is just to continue doing the same things over and over again because they seem to work in the past. What we need to recognise is that the rules for success are changing. And when the rules of success have changed we need to change as well. So Jack Welch said that if the pace of change outside is faster than the pace of change inside you’re going to become a dinosaur. So what do need to be doing to be successful? And I think there are six or seven things that business leaders really need to be looking at differently. Kind of let’s call them six new competencies for your… your business. Leaders need to be asking questions and analysing storytelling. What’s the story the… the business is telling? What’s the higher calling? What’s the quest? How do you collaborate? How do you build collaborative communities within your business and… and the communities that are important to you? What does risk and reward mean for your organisation because those are changing dramatically? Innovation, intelligence are… are two important aspects. People, both people inside your business and… and outside your business, especially with shifting and changing generations. So those are… are key things. And how do you build passionate tribes of… of people? And then trust and transparency are… are really important. And I think those kind of six core areas or focus areas that businesses need to be analysing, questioning and understanding the impact for their business and how they can build competitive advantage around that. And once they start getting those six competencies… together, we find that then strategic intuition improves and you can actually start delivering strategy at speed. We will continue to discuss business strategy models on Connected Economy TV where you can also hear more from Dean Van Leeuwen
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