Reflections About Learnathon 2011 (Part 11)

by Patrick Liew on December 22, 2011

In the process of organizing Learn-A-Thon 2011, I began to realize the world has changed or is undergoing a sea change.

It’s true – what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow.   That’s why, I’m placing many areas of my life under a mental microscope.

To use ICT-speak, I have to upgrade my ‘hardware,’ and add the latest programs. I need to many old files and update myself with the latest information.

I cannot afford to live within my comfort zone. My daily rituals and habits will have to change otherwise I will join the dinosaurs of the past.

Let me give you some examples.

There was a time when we start a new business, we would look for an appropriate office. We would furnished it with various fixtures, furniture, and other features so that it can function effectively.

Then, we would hire talents to help us run the systems and operations.

We are then ready to serve our customers.

When we initiated Learn-A-Thon 2011, there was no question about it – we don’t need an office.

Why do we need an office for?

This is not a commonsensical or rhetorical question.

In the new economy, we may be able to work without having to go to an office.

All the activities that require an office can become irrelevant or be conducted outside of a brick-and-mortar space.

In due time, we may not need a retail front, a meeting space, an office space, a pantry to serve light refreshments, a reception area, a storage space, etc.

We can function and conduct many activities effectively and efficiently in cyberspace.

Businesses can be run by virtual organization.

We can be at home looking after our family or at a place that we like and still be able to contribute productively.

We can work on a flexi-space and flexi-time basis.

Another phenomenon in the future is that a new generation is growing up. They are educated, creative, and demanding. They may not want to accommodate corporate bureaucracy, office politicking, and boring routines.

These talents do not need to be employed and be paid on a regular income basis. They will act as free agents, contributing their knowledge, expertise and other resources on a project-basis.   Once the project is completed, they move to the next project and probably to another company.

The cycle for starting a business will become shorter. As technology continues to improve, we can open up for business and build up our customer base in an easier, faster and better way.

In short, the way we lead a business will no longer be the same. Planning, leading, organizing and controlling an organization will take on a new shape.

It’s time to creatively ‘destroy’ leadership. It’s time to rebuild a new style of leadership in the exciting new world.

The leader is dead. Long live the leader!


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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