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Sharpen Your Skills: Adapting to Change

The Big Idea for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Everything is changing faster than I can describe/all I really know to do is grab the wheel and drive . . ." 

       – Dan Bern, Black Tornado

The ancient Buddhist concept of impermanence – the idea that the world as we see it is temporary and illusory – seems increasingly apt these days. Rapid technological change is reshaping industry, the global economy, and our personal lives at a dizzying pace. So perpetual is the motion that we can't even honestly say the world is being "redefined," as concrete definitions like "the industrial age" or "the knowledge economy" are starting to seem altogether obsolete. 

In a world that's in a constant state of flux, we need to be especially adaptable to changing external conditions. The good news is that, as a species, we are. At the same time, in order to act meaningfully and consistently in the world, individuals need an anchoring mission and set of principles. 

Some questions to consider in the context of today's lesson include: 

  • How comfortable am I with the changes that are going on in social media and technology generally? 
  • What are the guiding principles of my life's work? 
  • How consistently am I able to pursue my mission at work and in my off time? 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Think Outside of Your Cubicle
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 I am the Swine Flu: A Social Media Masterclass
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 When a Pipe Is Not a Pipe: How Shifting Perspective Creates Insight, Creativity, and Mindfulness
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  4. 4 America the Digital (Part 1)
    Peter James Saalfield Think Tank
 

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