I deployed my first cloud technology solution 10 years ago, to replace an old, creaking piece of tech.
In the process, I helped get IT to enter the twenty-first century, and the leadership team to jump a generation or two in how they connected with colleagues.
I joined a cohort of evangelists who were proselytizing a new future of corporate tech. In the process, however, we all created big problems for ourselves as our organizations creaked under the change we delivered.
In that process, I learned a big lesson:
Do not be the agent for technology change. It gets the whole learning and change process back to front.
Be, instead, the agent for people – colleagues, friends, partners – to live a better (work) tomorrow.
In Life, The Universe, And Everything, Douglas Adams presciently advises,
“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.”
It is a message for the disorganizer. People before potatoes.
This Much We Know.