We are living through transformational times. When people check their news updates and social media feed, it feels like the world is just filled with strangeness. Key events like the war in Syria, the refugee crisis, the Brexit vote and the United States presidential election have revealed the unrest and division in societies to be almost like a tug-of-war between two extremes.
On the one hand, there are those who feel everything’s gone so backward, the road to the future has become a lot more uncertain. Yet on the other hand, living in the same world and through the same events, there are those whose opinions reveal a sense of relief that things are going back to how they believe things should be.
It’s easy to observe what’s been going on and conclude that it’s all a decisive trend that’s determining where we go from here. The truth is, however, it’s all just noise caused by the real trends, and not the underlying forces themselves. The real trends have been building up for the last decade, and they have brought us to this point today.
We’ve published a report which outlines the five big trends that will cause disruption through to the 2020s. These are:
Trend #1 – BABY BOOMERS TURNING 70
Trend #2 – THE MILLENNIAL MINDSET SHIFT
Trend #3 – TECHNOLOGY UNEMPLOYMENT
Trend #4 – AUSTERITY POLICY
Trend #5 – ENTREPRENEURS SOLVING MEANINGFUL PROBLEMS
Your job as a business leader is to tune out of the noise and truly understand the trends behind them. If you allow yourself to get swept into the negativity of all the things happening around the world, it distracts you from the fact that we do live in a time of unlimited, global opportunities.
But if you understand the real trends, you can better navigate the way for your business for the next decade, and make the absolute most of the times that we are in.