Inspirational Infusion

#15 — June 1, 2010

It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent,
the most responsive to change.

— Charles Darwin

Welcome, Inspired Traveler!

I have been asked to speak about change a great deal lately; it seems as if reinvention is becoming the way of the world, and, while we can be excited by the prospect of it, we can also be hesitant to embrace or initiate it. Many organizations are having to reinvent themselves in this new economy. (By the way, when will we stop calling it “new?” It’s been around for a while now!) And many individuals are doing some deep soul work in order to find new paths towards fulfillment as the old ones are dusty and lined with potholes!

As we reflect upon change in organizations it is easy to think that strength and intelligence alone will be enough; “if they can just remain financially stable, if they can just hold on until the market bounces back, if they can just integrate the newest technology into their operations,” they will survive. And… maybe they will survive. But… will they thrive? With our tendency to compartmentalize our organizations and work in silos, we often overlook what’s most needed – responsiveness through human passion. In other words: innovation through change.

Innovation comes about, most often, when passion and purpose meet pain. Even in our own lives, we change when there is a need and we meet that need with exuberance and urgency. But, change is scary – most of us are wary of the unknown even when the present condition is painful. So, as leaders — and creative individuals — I offer some questions:

  • Why do new challenges make you feel off-center?
  • How have you been able to be a catalyst for positive change?
  • What new skills do you need in order to reinvent yourself and your company?
  • What changes in your future are you looking forward to?

Change has been our way of life since the beginning of time. Sometimes we notice it and sometimes, suddenly, we wake up and we are in a different world. I’m not advocating jumping into the pool without making sure that there’s water in it! But we have to jump in and, at some point, we have to jump off the diving board and not just off the side of the pool! What could be a better way to begin the summer?

Reflect! Discuss! Review! But don’t be afraid to jump! Your wonderful life is worth it!

Have an Inspirational Day! Be Magnificent!


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