Our lizard lateral brains and the exponential world we’re confronting

Rita McGrath
6 min readFeb 6, 2024

Human brains were designed for a world of lateral change. But, as Ray Kurzweil and others remind us, learning-by-trial-and-error systems introduce the potential for exponential change. This has huge implications for how we design and build organizations and systems.

You’re not imaging it — things really are moving faster

Among the most profound shifts facing organizations and their leaders today is that of going from linear change to exponential change. The “exponential” organizational

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Rita McGrath

Columbia Business School Professor. Thinkers50 top 10 & #1 in strategy. Bestselling author of The End of Competitive Advantage & Seeing Around Corners.