"Inventions that changed the World!!"

“Inventions that changed the World!!”

By Michael Laing - Owner Apposite Management, Melbourne Vic, Australia

I have been watching with interest a program called “Inventions that changed the World”, and what a fascinating series it is.

What it highlights is the significant changes that have occurred over the last 50 or 60 years and how things that we take for granted today were born out of the vision of a few and the persistence of many to see it through. The most recent show highlighted what we now can’t live without, the beast they call the Internet. What a difference this has made to communication both

in business and just as importantly in the personal lives of us all.

It was October 1969 when two computers, one at the University of California and the other several hundred miles away at the Stanford Research Institute, actually communicated with each other. 125 years earlier Samuel Morse actually sent his first message via Morse code. That’s what you call a slow evolution. In January 1983 what we now know as the Internet using Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) were switched on and are now accepted as a common network communication protocol. Enough of the tech talk before people who really know how it all works start challenging what I say. The point I am trying to make is that “Change Happens”. Every day in every way somebody, somewhere comes up with an idea that can change the way we work, communicate, process or affect many other areas of our life. Some are very significant and some very minor enhancements.


However, for every great idea or concept that impacts our lives, how many are buried or lost in the black hole of apathy or disinterest or lost in a suggestion box or process that never gets monitored or managed? The common theme I witness in a lot of organisations amongst entry-level to middle management is that they give up making suggestions because nothing seems to happen or even worse no feedback, either negative or positive, is provided. So why bother! So just keep doing what we’re told and even if we can see ways of saving money, increasing productivity or gaining an advantage over our competitors  just adopt the attitude “it ain’t broke so don’t fix it”.


Implementing and managing an effective change management process that encourages initiative and innovation would have to be one of the most efficient ways of improving the bottom line of an organisation. Whether your business is large or small, you can quite simply implement an effective innovation and change management process. Even single person businesses that are successful quite often have advisors to help them become even

more successful.

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Alternatively you can send me a Morse code message by tapping out “yes I am interested”. That is dot dash dot dot,    dot,    dot dot  dot, Arh forget it just facetime me on my smartphone. Over and out.