Imagine you are in a desolate place on an Antarctic wasteland.
It is eerily silent.
You are standing on the edge of a lake looking across the lake to an iceberg - huge slabs of ice perched precariously on the edge of the lake – just like a David Attenborough special on climate change.
Then there is a rumble that grows louder and louder culminating in an enormous crunch of thunder as a large slab of ice breaks off the precipice and crashes into the lake with plumes of ice and water shooting into the sky.
Then the silence returns.
Can you imagine that scenario happening in reverse?
Of course not.
Because time is an arrow.
Change cannot be undone.
Change is constant.
Right now we are living though change, just like every other person who came before us. And as every other person who will come after us.
- How hard are we fighting to keep things the same?
- How much time do we spend protecting what we have?
- How much effort do we put into perfecting the things that made us successful?
- How much time do we spend whingeing about change – or lobbying the government wind back the clock or to protect us from change?
- How much do we rely on your past experiences to get us through?
As the ‘The Boss’ sang so famously:
“Glory days well they'll pass you by
Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye
Glory days, glory days”
I think I can safely say that yesterday is gone and will never be again.
And that means unless we are gearing ourselves and our organisations up with new skills, new strategies, new products, and new markets – consistently; then we are doomed to join the slab of ice that crashes into oblivion.
The most important thing you can do is to systematise your capacity to change. And that’s why we think organic (social) learning is the critical 21st century imperative.