For a real eye opener on the subject read "The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil.
Here is a guy with a track record of being spot on in his scientific predictions. Although many criticize his take on Nano Tech, I almost have to believe his take, due to past predictions.
He basically talks of the speed of information growth and his predictions on where it is headed. Scary and awesome at the same time.
Sort of reminds me of an old neighbor I had when I lived in Indiana in the mid 70's. He was 98 yrs and was telling me a story of when he was in the military(since I was at that time.). He started telling me of how the horses were kept. Huh? I thought? He was talking of the Spanish American War. Then he said something that set me back.
"Son,I've rode on horses in the war and a decade ago I watched on TV, man landing on the moon. Be prepared for changes in your life that come at you faster than they came to me. " Don't be an Old Fart. is what he was eluding to, and to roll with the changes, which will be vast.
I think that the people who will be successful are those who can incorporate the changes with wisdom and speed. Same goes for business. We see everyday the success of a company based on ability to make fast INTELLIGENT decisions.
You look at what has happened in the financial sector. Large cumbersome institutions have not fared well. The killer company of the future is the one whose organizational chart is 3 levels high. Worker, manager, owner. The law of 3 is as proven as any in this world.
The issue is that we need to change our outlook and gauge for success from "Climbing the Corporate Ladder" to merit based accomplishments.
No more Junior Associate Manager, Associate Manager, Senior Assistant Associate Director III crap.
Worker, Manager, Owner. The close you get to that the more successful the company is.
The most successful senior executives are the ones who spend their time in the shops and production centers of their businesses, not the accounting and managerial suites.
As soon as you physically remove yourself from the situation you begin a cycle that culminates in "Us vs. Them" within your own company.