Planning for 100 Years of Change

November 21st, 2013 by Rocket IT

A couple months from now, Rocket IT will be 19 years old. As that anniversary approaches, I’ve found myself thinking more and more about our legacy. No, not legacy. Legacy is the wrong word. The future. I’ve been thinking more and more about the future of Rocket IT.

One thing that is certain is that the future will eventually arrive. Another certainty is that change will happen. The future will arrive and it will be different than today. We can wait and see what happens, or we can plan for it. I’m not a big fan of the “wait and see” model, so we’re planning. And that’s the point of this article.

We’re planning for the future and we expect it to be different. I want you to plan for your future and to expect it to be different, too.

What do you think it would take to keep a company running for 100 years? Think any changes would be required during that time?

You bet! Major changes! Transformations, even.

Since founding Rocket IT in 1995, I’ve made thousands of changes. In fact, we’ve completely transformed and improved our business model 3 times in the past 19 years. The company that exists today is radically different (and better!) than the one that I started.

Today, Rocket IT is just shy of 19% of the way to its 100 year anniversary. At this rate, I should plan for tens of thousands of additional changes and 12-13 more major transformations over the next 81 years. And yes, friends, I realize that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll live long enough to see them all. That’s part of the plan.

How many times do you think you’d have to change your business model to create an organization that will still be relevant in 100 years? What plans do you need to put in place to ensure success?

What are you waiting for?

 


 

About the Author-

Matt Hyatt is the Founder and CEO of Rocket IT, the IT department for all kinds of organizations around Gwinnett. His award-winning firm provides both the strategy and support needed to help businesses thrive.

Matt currently serves on the Executive Board of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce as the Vice Chair of Entrepreneurship & Small Business, is an active supporter of Gwinnett County Public Schools, and is a member of several peer groups (like Entrepreneurs’ Organization) in addition to cofounding two of his own. In 2014, Matt was awarded the Pinnacle Small Business Person of the Year. 

Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Maureen, and their two teenage children pursuing their shared passions for photography, travel, and food. He also regularly runs with a team in ultra-long distance relay races.