12. Jan, 2017

Understand change and be ready for it ...

During all the discussion about digital transformation and being ready for the digital age, CHANGE or disruptive CHANGE is a driving factor, either for the companies impacted or the people involved. I did write about this topic several times in this BLOG already, but there is even more to say or bring to attention.

As part of my school activities I did listen into a webcast on Tuesday around the topic of Education in the digital world & school internal curriculum. We had a politician, a university (for teacher education) representative and a school principal on the call discussing the topic. My simplified and subjective, maybe to harsh summary from a pure Father, Engineer and IT Manager point of view is the following (I am sure teachers will see this differently):

  • We have to go digital and need to adjust the content of all subjects, the students have to learn
  • We have a clear understanding of the competences we want to see in the future and that are urgently requested by the industry
  • We have an agreement with all states in Germany to go this way
  • We do not have the money, resources and time to do this in parallel to the running teaching
  • The right education of new teachers and ongoing training for the already working teachers is the biggest constraint
  • There are a lot of other smaller issues (technology, legal, etc.) that needs to be covered by somebody else
  • The school environment and teachers are special

In summary the same problem that most companies and their employees have during any organizational or personal change. You just have to understand it, accept it and do it - easier said than done for sure. Below just two out of an endless number of websites and articles related to this topic. Managing Change – Definition und Phases in Change Processes (http://www.themanager.org/Strategy/Change_Phases.htm) and The Stages of Change (https://www.verywell.com/the-stages-of-change-2794868). 

Later today I will go to a workshop about IT Security for midsize companies offered by a bank. Will be touching topics like Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Security Labs and Training. I will summarize the most interesting parts.

"What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it's not how much time you spend doing what you love. It's how little time you spend doing what you hate." Casey Neistat - filmmaker and YouTuber