When futurist and business guru Dan Burrus visited us a few weeks ago, he said we are now in the “Big Deal” phase where change and disruption will be the new normal. Three megatrends – technology, demographics and globalization – are causing seismic shifts in the business landscape. We have been calling this the Shift Change.
Now there is new groundbreaking research from Dr. James Canton, released at the Digital CPA Conference a few weeks ago, that reinforces the increasing speed of change and disruption in business and accounting.
Dr. Canton calls this current state the “fast future,” one that will have several “extreme elements” like:
The research was released in a whitepaper titled “The CPA of the Future,” and outlines some surprising findings that CPAs should pay attention to. First is that the business environment for CPAs and their clients will be characterized by “unprecedented, massive, and highly accelerated change” through 2025. In other words, it truly is the “Big Deal” phase and it’s time to pay attention.
Several more findings I found interesting from the study:
What shoud you be doing to make yourself and your firm future ready?
Dr. Canton offered these words of advice at his closing keynote at the Digital CPA Conference:
Let’s make 2015 the year that we become future ready for the fast future and move from crisis managers to opportunity leaders!