We live in a world where there are two words with which they have been bombarding us in talks and articles for a long time, two words confronted with two opposite points of view: the exponential and the slow.
On the one hand, the exponential seeks to accelerate growth through technology and on the other hand, what slow seeks deceleration and tranquility as a vision of life.
Two philosophies that are faced mainly by the speed they require, it seems that if you think in exponential disappears what slow and the same happens to the contrary. But, what if we try to connect these two visions? Find the why, the for what and in What a moment we can use each philosophy, maybe if we do we will discover its meaning.
After going around and thinking about different approaches I have done an exercise in simplicity (a process that helps me enormously) to try to take it to a minimum expression, to a basic rule that helps us in each moment and in a simple way to combine both philosophies, Knowing which one has more weight and meaning in each moment and situation.
If we understand that the exponential has to do with machines and what slow with the human, that the exponential is technology and what slow they are people, we will solve a lot of doubts, problems and conflicts in the professional environment. A basic rule that if everyone understands and shares will be much easier to address the changes posed by the current context.
A technology is exponential when it grows by two each year and reduces its costs by half. Brutal, is not it? Is this development viable in a person? Obviously not, that is why it is impossible that when people are our focus we speak of exponentiality. Exponentiality is performance 24/7, they are machines without rest and high performance, where you can evolve and change through microchips, quantum computing, algorithms … and with zero resistance, everything that we are going to test will bear without any complaint, we can stress the machines even to break them to make it exponential. Having seen this, we can say that machines are the perfect ally for an exponential development.
On the contrary a vision or thought slow it requires time, reflection, different looks, creativity, intuition, analysis, criticism, … complex truth? Is this thought possible for a machine? Here I can not say a resounding obviously not, and I have to replace it with a not for the moment. Over the last few years we have seen some progress but today human thought slow it is not replicable and thanks to that it takes us each time to different and unique solutions; eye, I'm not talking about thinking Quick that can be easily copied and standardized by a machine by being an immediate reaction to a stimulus; I speak of thought slow, which due to its previously mentioned characteristics make it unique and the perfect ally to give meaning and differentiation to exponentiality.
Let's add the change to the formula
Now that we see how they connect the two concepts and how they can work in the same direction, let's add a new variable common to both and so present in the current context: change. Either because we want to face a change at an organizational or cultural level, for a digital transformation or for the search for new income models.
In these times and processes of change, in addition to sharing the connection between the two concepts, is when you have to understand that the technological and human have and need different speeds and that is where the value of each one lies. In a context of constant change and brutal speed it is important to know very well how much speed exponential and how much deceleration and thought slow we need at every moment.
Not understanding this causes companies to fail in their changes, not asking the right questions and leaving aside the most important part in the transformations: people, which in many occasions are used as a mere number, without having take into account their needs, habits, emotions and contribution of value.
Now we have to ask ourselves how we are facing change, and if it is possible to do it without counting on people. To answer the question one last tip:
Think slow and act exponentially.
Eduardo Beotas is CEO of Soulsight