At our strategic planning session on Friday, one of our Trustees shared an email he received. I tried to find the original source, but found several postings who listed this without attribution. If anyone knows where it originated, let me know and I will cite the source.
We encourage people to be willing to look at things differently and prepare for the inevitability of change. This list, 9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime, presents things we are used to having that may well be on the way out.
1. The Post Office – email, texting, and other electronic communications, combined with other shipping companies have hurt the post office. It’s already impacting the number of days we will get mail delivery.
2. Checks – Debit cards and electronic bill payment have cut our use of checks, eliminating jobs in check processing and printing. Combined with paperless billing, this further impacts the Post Office.
3. Newspapers – Younger people are less likely to read the newspaper, as they turn to online news sources.
4. Books – Electronic book readers bring the bookstore to our homes. We also have the convenience of carrying a library along with us.
5. Land Line Telephones – Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it.
6. Music – Beyond the impact of illegal downloads, some in the music industry believe innovative, new music has less of a chance of being distributed. I don’t know about that, but it’s been a long time since I purchased a physical recording.
7. Television – Streaming video available at little or no cost is replacing broadcast and cable TV. Steadily increasing cable costs have also contributed to this. While the cable companies have increased options, like On Demand programming, they are still losing ground.
8. Photos, Movies and Software – We increasingly rely on electronic storage and downloading of these rather than physical items. We now store them in the cloud instead of our computers. (Convenient, but be sure you have backups!)
9. Privacy – From street view programs to tracking cellphones, privacy has almost ceased to exist. Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Web sites track our purchases and sell the information.
The question is not whether these things are happening, its how we deal with them and how we adapt.
As I was writing this came the news Reader’s Digest, once one of the most widely circulated magazines, had filed for bankruptcy. Once very profitable, it is now in danger of disappearing.
The same is true of our businesses and organizations. If we do not plan in advance how to deal with change, our employers and jobs may become obsolete.
CALMC can help you plan to deal with change effectively and be out front of the change. Don’t wait until it’s too late and wonder what happened.