The rest of you – you know who you are.

You have the necessary skills required to send a fax. In lieu of texting, you have actually spoken to someone on the phone in the past week. You adore the sensual feel of 20-lb. multi-purpose copy paper. Every now and then, you even like to pull out your old trusty old Rolodex and take a sniff of all your “experience.”

I know. This could be painfully depressing. But repeat after me…

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to the sovereignty – namely, the land called “the way things used to be” – of which I have been heretofore a subject.

That I will…

  1. With a courageous and accommodating heart, be open to change.
  2. With abiding fidelity – share, like, retweet and post a selfie every now and then.
  3. Bearing true allegiance, listen to and learn from the digital natives.
  4. Snack on tech news every day.
  5. Learn how to program!

So help me Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Marissa Mayer, Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, et al…

The takeaway: if you want to stay relevant and keep contributing value to your organization, plug in where you can and keep your eyes and ears open. Massive daily doses of gingko biloba might also help. ;)