British Settlement Begins in Australia
On this day, May 13, 1787, eleven British ships under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, with over 1400 people (convicts, marines, sailors, civil officers, and free settlers), left Portsmouth, England, to establish a penal colony that would become the first British settlement in Australia. The journey of over 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles) to Botany Bay, New South Wales, took over 250 days. This was during the time of the first Industrial Revolution, when machines replaced many industrial and farm workers. As a result, farmers were forced to move to the city to look for jobs. In Britain, men, women, and even children resorted to crime in order to live, leading to prison overcrowding. The British prison system was soon full to overflowing, and a new place had to be found to ship the prison inmates.
After Captain Phillip arrived at Botany Bay, he soon realised it wasn’t a suitable place for settlement. The soil was of poor quality, the supply of fresh water was inadequate, and the bay was too exposed, with the strong winds denying safe harbour for the ships. He later found a better area 12 kilometres to the north with an excellent natural harbour and a stream with a reliable water supply. He later wrote, “We had the satisfaction of finding the finest harbour in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line may ride in the most perfect security.” Governor Phillip persevered as he faced many challenges, including a lack of resources and clashes with the indigenous population before he set up a solid agricultural and economic foundation. Now, in 2023, we are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), an era of tremendous change and revolutionary technological advancements. Similar to the first Industrial Revolution, business leaders and their teams will have to preserve. To be successful, they will have purpose, be aligned on their strategic objectives, be a high performing team, and have the change leadership knowledge and skills to navigate 4IR. Change Leadership Perseverance.
“The best leadership teams have purpose, they are aligned on their strategic objectives, they are a high performing team and have change leadership knowledge and skills to navigate 4IR”
4IR is differentiated by the speed of technological breakthroughs and its widespread scope. It has had an incredible impact, changing the way organisations operate and how we live and relate to one another. 4IR includes technological breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, 5G, genetic modification, and energy storage.
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