Monday, August 18, 2008

i-TFTD #150

i-TFTD #150

#150-1. Change is not only likely, it's inevitable.

-Barbara Sher

#150-2. Change can either challenge or threaten us... Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.

-Marsha Sinetar

#150-3. People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.

-Stephen Covey


"Change is the only constant" is a cliché today but I find it fascinating that Alvin Toffler predicted with his first landmark book in 1970 -- "Future Shock" -- that the pace of change will accelerate, and that individuals and societies will succeed based on their ability to cope with rapid and continuous change.

When confronting a change we often respond with, "Let this settle down, let things get back to a normal state, then it will be comfortable." This can sometimes lead to serious problems -- wherever "first-mover advantage" applies. We have to learn to be comfortable with not just a changed environment, but a changing environment. For those who like his style, Tom Peters's "Thriving on Chaos" offers tips.

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