The average time a person spends at a job is about four and a half years. Apparently, the life span of a learned domain skill, like a computer language, is about five years. That’s a lot of mind shifts for one lifetime, isn’t it? How are we coping? For most of us, it means continually learning and adapting because change is the one constant that never changes, right? Just when I think I’ve understood something, something else comes along to shift things around once again. I’m starting to feel like responding to change is my full time job!
As a result, I don’t need to look far to find a good example to share with you. I had a big shift happen to me while we were preparing this issue. When the staff here at the magazine set the ‘Technology and Innovation’ theme for October, I had no idea what that theme would actually looked like for our community. In fact, I thought it was going to be difficult to identify enough innovations to showcase. I was gobsmacked at how ill-informed I was.