Keeping up With the Pace of Innovation

Sometimes, you need to slow down to keep up.

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In this behind-the-scenes interview from Leadercast 2020—Positive Disruption, Rahaf Harfoush, digital anthropologist and best-selling author, shares how companies can best keep up with the constant innovation happening today.

“One of the best ways that companies can keep up with our world's rate of innovation is to slow down and understand the long-term impact of these technologies,” says Rahaf. “Today's leaders have to set aside time to reflect and process what's happening so they can decide how to best move forward instead of rushing after every trend because you're afraid of being left behind.”

Watch the video for insights from Rahaf on keeping up with the pace of innovation. 

TAKEAWAYS
- Slow down and understand the long-term impact of your technologies.
- Slowing down means being strategic about how you establish ideas and insights.
- Leaders need time to reflect and process to be able to decide how to best move forward.

It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways that companies can keep up with our world's rate of innovation is to slow down and understand the long-term impact of these technologies. Now, slowing down doesn't mean not paying attention. It means shifting from doing to thinking and creating the space where we can be strategic about how we develop our ideas and insights.

I think today's leaders have to set aside time to reflect and process what's happening so they can decide how to best move forward instead of rushing after every trend because you're afraid of being left behind.

From a cultural perspective, this also means giving your teams dedicated time to explore, to discover, to think about how our world is changing. How can we do all of that if we're constantly running around in endless calls and meetings and obsessed with our to-do lists? Stop, look up from those screens, look around and go find out all of the opportunities that exist out there.

Rahaf Harfoush

Researching the impacts of emerging technologies in society, Rahaf Harfoush helps the world better understand the deep and hidden behavioral shifts within the global communication infrastructure. She is the executive director of the R...

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