Ecosystems are built on a foundation of shared goals and values. Without leadership, an ecosystem’s goals and its related benefits won’t be accomplished. As Katri Valkokari insightfully wrote, an ecosystem cannot be owned. Because ecosystems cannot be owned and because ecosystem leadership cannot be centralized, independent self-management is the only feasible leadership model in an ecosystem.
By now, everyone has heard some futurologist talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and explain what it could mean for us all. You might even have been asked whether you see the future of AI in a Star Trek or Terminator scenario. What if I say that AI is already here and driving business decisions at most of the world’s successful companies? And that it’s earning them more money than they could have dreamt of a just few years ago?
Self-management is essential in the economy of speed. Questions guide my decisions and actions more than any other factor.
The accelerating pace of the economy of speed is nevertheless not the pace of a sprinter, but more that of an orienteer. The route through unfamiliar terrain may be difficult, and with the ever-present danger of stumbling over some rock or tree stump, agility becomes more important than speed.