Adapt Or Die
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (ESV)
Leading in an ongoing, ever-changing world requires adaptation.
Businesses, ministries, churches, or corporations who resist adjusting are writing their own “death prescription.”
Wisdom teaches us that life is not stagnant, and change is inevitable.
Experience shows that businesses do not always realize an upward “trend line.” There are seasons of highs and lows, successes and failures, and times of comfort and discomfort.
The acceleration of change in our society creates even shorter seasons for us to risk becoming “comfortable” with doing business as usual. A sentimental desire for familiar business practices that we are—or have become—comfortable with only distracts us from life-sustaining and fruitful opportunities discovered through adapting to the various “change seasons” we face.
Tom Peters’ wrote an article in Fast Company: “Leadership Is Confusing As Hell.”1 He playfully puts a spin on today’s agitated state of business and how being a leader in the next five years will bring even more surprises. “It’s only going to get weirder, tougher, and more turbulent.”
Like it or not, your—and my—seasons are constantly changing. The good news is that we can adapt to every change of season we experience.
Our season (in Tom Peter’s words) may be “weird, tough, and turbulent.” But a thorough reading of Ecclesiastes reminds us that God is present in every season we face and offers us wisdom to adapt.
Thanks for your leadership,
P.S. Having a culture of trust is necessary in order to be able to adapt to the changing times. This blog reminds us how to foster trust in our businesses and why it is so integral.
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“A sentimental desire for business practices we are comfortable with only distracts us from life-sustaining and fruitful opportunities discovered through adapting to the various “change seasons” we face.” – Richard Parrish.