Coping with Internet Time – Think in Dog Years

Lucy Thinks in Dog Years - So Should You

Since the web took off years ago, it’s easy to miss the boat when conditions change. One never knows when a disruptive technology, innovative business model or viral message could drastically change your industry. So how does one stay ahead of the curve and ready for the change? Try thinking in dog years.

If dogs age roughly 7 years to every 1 human year, then a good dog planner looks to achieve in one year what humans achieve in 7. For your organization, try taking the same approach. What other organizations plan to do in the next 7 years, could you complete in one?

Naturally, priorities must come into place. You must keep your eye on serving your stakeholders and not simply burnout the employees. However, if you forecast what big changes will come 7 years from now, how could prioritize key items to be ready next year?

To think in Internet time, think in dog years. You won’t be ready for every surprise, but you’ll be better prepared than looking year-to-year.

Question: What can you complete in one year that it takes others 7?


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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