|Constancy and change
In a time of
unprecedented change and turmoil one asks if there is anything that should stay
constant. Everything changes: markets economies, products, structures, and
people. This creates a situation that people and organizations start to change
also those elements that should stay constant. By this they create confusion
and lack of trust.
In my mind two things
should stay constant even in changing times. By way of analogy the DNA and the spirit
should not change. What is meant by this is that the authentic uniqueness of a
person or an organization is a constant. It can be better discovered over time
but not change every once in a while because they really do not change. It is
as if you try to change your DNA, which is impossible.
The second thing that
should not change very often is the spirit – the core values and passions that
drive a person or an organization. These as well can be better discovered and
deepened over time, but not altered every now and then. Your uniqueness and
core values are the essence of who you are and what can give you fulfillment
If your uniqueness and
your values and drivers are constant you have to change very often the
practical model in which you operate. This should evolve with changing times
and circumstances. It should meet the world where it is now. It could be
changes in the market place, the employment market or changes in your own
needs. In various life cycles we might have changing needs that we would like
to meet. Being creative and fresh with your practical
model, business model, employment model and even reinventing yourself or your
organization, is a must in changing times.
So "Give to Caesar
what belongs to Caesar and to god what belongs to god" as the old saying
goes.If you want to be
successful and relevant, keep to your authentic uniqueness and values on the
one hand and change and upgrade often your practical model on the other hand.
That is the secret.
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