The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Here, Now!


A Technological Revolution

As performance consultants, we spend the better part of 2018-2019 going around to companies and doing Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presentation to their L&D teams. This was a hot topic amongst academics, business, and governments.

“A technological revolution that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres”

We convinced them that we could prepare them for the future, make them future proof if you like. We live in an era of Artificial intelligence, Facial recognition, voice activation smart “things” and the internet of things. Today, you can get a 3-D printed hip or joint how about a bionic arm? Little did I know that we were already deep in the 4IR for only months later we heard reports on the first Cases of COVID-19 in the Wuhan province. I must admit that we were not ready, we were not future proof. Even early adopters had to adapt. So, the question then is what have we learnt over the last 18 months?

Well, we’ve learnt a few things, like we are existing in a new way of life a New Normal if you like. Resilience is now foundational to thrive in the new way of life, we must Take Care of ourselves especially mentally and finally we must continually develop our skill especially Upskilling on tech.

New normal, too many of us are waiting for things to go back to “Normal” a time where you can do and be who you were before COVID-19. That time is gone and will never come back. The issue is whether this is good news or bad news for you? I submit to you that if we consciously start looking forward and strain towards the future instead of the past we can start coping and eventually start thriving. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, skype etc this will now be an integral part of how we do business lets embrace it.



“The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness.”

“The remarkable resilience shown by South Africans during challenging times.”

the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

“Nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience.”

Resilience refers to one’s ability to bounce back, to have a sense of grit or toughness about you. This is an absolute must in the 4IR. Simply put, resilience is the ability to recover quickly from a difficult or challenging situation. Resilience draws on inner strength; the strength to respond to life’s challenges through self-discovery, self-growth, evaluation, and discipline. This new season that we are existing in, mental strength is an absolute requirement. The ability to dust yourself of and strain forward in the face of loss, heartache and trauma should be a conscious choice for us all. You cannot give up or let up the fact that you are alive today is literally an excellent reason to keep fighting.

Read more about building resilience in your personal and professional life here.


Essential Daily Activities for Optimal Mental Health

Self-care, play time, down time, focus time, sleep time, time in, connection time and physical time. These are the seven essential daily mental activities necessary for optimum mental health. It also creates an appetite for increasing awareness of how to nourish our mental well-being each day. These seven daily activities make up the full set of “mental nutrients” that your brain and your relationships need to function at their best. By engaging every day in each of these servings, you promote integration in your life and enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities. These essential mental activities strengthen your brain’s internal connections and your connections with other people and the world around you.


the healthy mind platter in reference to the fourth industrial revolution
Source: The Healthy Mind Platter created by Dr David Rock and Dr Daniel Siegal



Continuous upskilling, this season requires us to be more tech savvy. Microsoft Teams is now the modern-day meeting room. When we met physically, we had to respond to a set of requirements like, dress code or no eating in the boardroom etc. this new meeting room has its own set of requirements. Your mastery of those requirement will set you in good stead with both your internal and external clients. Mastering teams can improve your business relationships and increase your sales. You’re acquiring and implementing these skills will make you a high performer and raise your personal bar of excellence.

What more do I need to learn about Microsoft Teams?

How can I use Teams more efficiently?

What can I do to build authentic connections with my Client via Teams?


The Future of Now

We are living the future. The fourth industrial revolution is here. Things are changing, and now they’re all changing at once. The new world order is driven by the exponentially accelerating rate of technological progress, climate change, virtual work practices and uncharted waters with the coronavirus global health disaster. Covid-19’s devastating impact on human lives, economies, clients and stock markets makes it what Nassim Taleb best describes as the “black swan” event for its rarity, extreme impact, and retrospective predictability.

So where is your point of control? It is in how you respond to the impact that these disruptions have on how you work and live – there is a call for new capabilities! The success of your transition into this ‘new normal’ hinges upon your willingness to:

  • Acknowledge the shift.
  • Face the loss of future memories and work through the stages of change and transition to adjust to the new future.
  • Think differently about yourself and how you need to show up.
  • Prepare and adapt to a digital world.
  • Realise that your emotional, mental, and physical state is who YOU are.
  • Be conscious about what you chose to expose yourself to, i.e., news, social media, etc.
  • Stay curious to help reframe obstacles as opportunities, to learn something new and strengthen your inquisitive mind.
  • Embrace exponential living!
  • Let go of the pain and patterns of the past that restrict a more fruitful path into the future.

Small incremental changes – just a small percentage improvement every day – will create astounding results! The more you repeat the new behaviour, the more you will reinforce your new identity.

Also read our other article: The Rise of Video Conferencing

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9 Responses

  1. I think it is natural to fear the unknown, but these changes makes me excited, I embrace change.

    1. Yup! I agree Sam, fear is normal and courage is necessary. I absolutely love the fact that you are exited, looking and straining forward.

  2. Change is inevitable. Its about reframing your thinking and trying to figure out what’s going on in your mind i.e. when you’re feeling sad and break negative patterns.

  3. You need to change with the times, I want to learn and understand technology. It is important to be able to do stuff yourself. May children will not always be around to assist me. Like my son said, Mom, just google, google is your friend. Google will even show you how to make a cup of coffee, so please Mom, just google. So ja, now I Google. 🙂

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