Staying curious helps in handling disruptions

A lot of intense activities are happening underneath – be it deep under the ground or underneath the ocean. The tectonic plates in the earth’s crust move and collide with each other and result in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – sometimes tsunamis.

Science tells us that much of the land that we live on was formed as a result of such volcanic activities. Today also, eruptions happen from volcanoes in the sea bed leading to small new islands that suddenly pop up above the surface of the water.

While what happens underneath never comes to our attention, on one fine morning it unleashes the energy that hits out with a great force that is almost impossible to withstand. If one were to predict when a volcano would erupt, it is very important to know, how the volcano had acted in the past. Following that, by using tools that measure vibrations and earth surface-level changes, scientists predict the next eruptions and issue safety recommendations.

Disruptions in the industry too, appear to happen all of a sudden; while in fact, the contributing factors were at work much earlier. At the same time, it is not something we completely don’t have control over. Though disruptions are unavoidable, they could be predictable many times. What is needed is the CURIOSITY TO EXPLORE and understand, and the tools/techniques that can generate data to predict when the volcano of disruption would erupt!

Let’s develop the art of staying curious and deploy the right tech skills to thrive in this age of disruption.

by Dr. Deepika Prabhu, ITF