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Sunday, 11 April 2010

It's Groundhog Day - Again? Again? Again?

Strange how things never change, or as the French say, "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose", the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I saw a nice quotation recently which said "Children nowadays are tyrants, they contradict their parents, the gobble their food and they tyrannise their teachers". The Schools Secretary? The Shadow Schools Secretary? No, it was Socrates in 425BC.

Plus ca change etc. So how is all this relevant to today and to business as we know it?

It seem to me that it all comes down to learning from our experience and on the face of it, we have not been too successful. Had we been, then recessions and financial crashes would have been things of the past, we would have learned about the futility of war and most importantly, our lives would be far more ordered.

A previous mother-in-law of mine used to start her homily with "If you'll take my advice, in my experience......." which of course irritated the hell out of both my wife and me because we wanted to gain our own experience. Perhaps it would be by trial and error but it was ours and not someone else's.

We always say that we don't learn from our successes, only from our failures and perhaps we need to assess consciously how we can put this into practice.

It all boils down to a reluctance to accept change, to decide that the status quo is the best alternative to presumed chaos, that the peaceful life is our main objective.

Change means that we must go through a process which takes us out of comfort zone into denial and denigration, into organised chaos and finally into rebirth and regeneration. The danger is that we eventually subside back into another comfort zone where more change is seen as a problem instead of an opportunity.

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