So what is stopping us from exploiting these new worlds?
Why focus on your existing market, with concerns of more turbulence, uncertainty and zero growth, whilst other markets like Brazil and India, Mexico and Turkey are back up into double digit growth? Why tinker with your website and home delivery, when other companies are transforming their whole business models and customer experiences?
The real problem is mindset, not process. And in particular, leadership mindset.
The whole concept of “emerging” market is outdated. Ideas and ambition, demand and growth heads east and south. These markets are equal, and have many advantages over the old, faltering markets of the north and west. It also requires new thinking if you sit in Beijing or Mumbai. The old idea that “home” markets come first, and global markets come second, that doing what we do better, is better than change, looking west not east, believing in being big not small, driven by today not tomorrow.
Who can change this? You! Not the crest-fallen politicians, the devalued economists, or even the increasingly-uncomfortable big company leaders. You, with an open-minded, outside-in perspective... making sense of new landscapes, building a vision that inspires others, being bold in creating new ideas, and making them happen.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, don’t wait for others, “be the change”.