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Are These Our New Robot Overlords?

We’re at an interesting societal inflection point. Machine learning (AI) is starting to make inroads into our day to day. From text (ChatGPT) to image (Dall-E / Midjourney) – the ability to generate almost anything from just a few plain English commands is very quickly gaining viral visibility.

For most of us, it’s still just a fascinating party trick. I’ve often found myself having conversations just like this:

“Let me show you how cool this is. Give me an image prompt!”

“Umm… Anime Hippos in Tutus”

“Ok! – Voila!”

But it won’t stay a party trick. I’m already using these tools to predict and fill text in my LinkedIn conversations, generate website ideas for, create striking phone backgrounds, new colouring-in pages for my kids, and produce newsletter images for this thing you’re currently reading!

If nothing else, here’s a key indication that there’s a shift on its way:

A few days ago a friend mentioned that his 13 yr old son has started using these tools to supplement and accelerate his homework (an interesting new challenge for schools to adapt to). That same day, someone else I know who’s in their late-70s complained that ‘this new tech would lead to the degradation in personal talent’. …Reminds me an awful lot of the complaints I heard growing up about calculators and mathematics.

Cutting Through The Fluff

But here’s my hope – this new tech will shift the focus away from the heavy, word-laden documents that plague our organisations. Those 20+ page documents that are primarily filled with copy-paste ‘best practice methodologies’ to show ‘how well thought out things are, and how hard we’re working’… (a.k.a. to cover our ass).

When AI can write a change management strategy for you in just a few seconds – words will very quickly become commoditised. (To prove this, I asked it to write one for me – it took less than a minute. It’s awfully generic, but so are over 70% of the ones I’ve seen at my client sites…)

Will this be a great equaliser across these types of specialist roles? Perhaps.

Will it kill our reliance on ‘best practices’? – we can only hope.

But there’s one things for certain: Generic isn’t going to cut it anymore.

So here’s your ponder point for the week:

What would your processes look like if you abandoned generic and focused only on the paths and solutions that were truly unique?

…At least, it seems my role as a change leadership advisor & consultant is safe (…for now).

And A Quick Note: You’re Not In A Vacuum

Strategising by looking inward solves your current problems.
Strategising by looking outward prevents your next problems.

Brendon Baker

Brendon is a leading expert in strategic framing and inside-out change. He has led and guided over $11 Billion in transformative projects and programs, from transformations to teddy bears. He is the author of the best-seller Valuable Change, and niche top seller Creating High Value PMOs. Brendon now spends his time helping leaders cut through the noise to focus on what matters; working with them to create new realities.

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