Digital tools within the business world are much the same as any other tools, you hope that they are fit for the job they have been proposed for and they won’t break when you need them most.
Like any other tool, a skilled hand is the best operator. Some are easy to pick up and use but as with many things even the simplest can take years to master and those that are experts in the use of their chosen tools are seen as a paragon of their craft.
One question that often arises especially in the constantly changing modern world is what happens when a new, improved tool arrives what happens when those that craft rush to use the new tool which has so many new benefits? Do the improvements overshadow the skill gained over the now old tools or should the expert craftsperson stick to their guns and continue to refine their trade with what might be seen as outdated technology?
What if the tool is a communications platform which is more akin to an entire workshop of possibility with multiple tools in and outside its sphere of influence; One in which seeming paragons have made their names, which slows in usage, dwindles and is snuffed out?
We’re told that things are like riding a bike and you’ll never forget but I’m quite sure that those in cycling sports of many genres would agree that the longer away the more difficult to replicate their abilities down the line… even though they can still ride a bike. Does this mean that we need to just keep at out level to know the best way to perform?
Maybe there are no easy answers to any of the questions but my thoughts are that the best tools will continue to be relevant if there is continuous improvement. Constant improvement in both the tools used and use of the tool itself should be a must, along with keeping an eye on what else is happening.
Therefore, if a tool works for you, keep getting better with it but never be afraid to try something new. You never know when that tool does come along that no matter your skills it still eclipses what you could have done with what you have been using, or the tool that you love is decided obsolete by an outside agency. Another important consideration is that you never know where a new found skill could be of help and doing something new might allow you to find new skills with tools you thought you had mastered.
That being said I am an advocate for constant improvement and development so it could all be just my opinion……..
Also, let’s never forget that a simple hammer still works fine though.