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now, you've figured out that ever-increasing change is here to stay.
Moreover, it's not likely that society will return to a time when the pace of life moves along
at an even keel, or that what you learned yesterday will be good far into the infinite
future. The reality of our times dictates that each of us be more fluid and
more open to new procedures and systems for effectiveness in the workplace
fine observation, but what does it mean, particularly in terms of how you
can be more effective in embracing the changes all around you?
his 1970 book Future Shock, Alvin Toffler told us that the traditional way
of incorporating new information was to learn, learn more, and then learn
more. The tasks before us, however complex, allegedly would be solved if we
simply worked a little harder, studied a little longer, and applied
ourselves more. Today, and I hesitate to use the word, that learning
paradigm is gone. As Toffler suggests, what's necessary today is to approach
your work and life from the perspective of learning, unlearning, and
relearning. If you've ever switched from a DOS-based PC system to a Windows
system, you can readily relate to this.
I switched from WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS to WordPerfect 7.0 for Windows, most
of what I knew about the earlier software was of little value when it came to
using the new software. I had to unlearn--forget what I had known--and march
into completely new territory. Fortunately, the operation was a success, and
I wouldn't go back, but it was painful, and gave me moments of great anxiety.
next time you need to make a major software change, more fully embrace the
concept of learning, unlearning, and re-learning --let go of what you used to know.
You'll be far more proficient.
Every Square Inch Is Taken
curious yet predictable phenomenon occurs as virtually every square inch of
the earth is trod upon and, perhaps, inhabited. The true meaning of economics kicks into
place. Economics really is nothing more than the allocation of scarce
resources. Until resources are scarce (i.e., there is no more land available) you really don't have
economic societies. The moment all land is taken up, you have scarcity. The price of things gets
bid up. People are more concerned about conservation and holding on to
it is in your life. All around you, you see scarce resources--i.e., highway
road systems, Internet linkages, and key positions within your organization.
They are all highly coveted by others -- i.e., the road systems are clogged;
there are delays in finding the information you want on the Internet; and
only a few people can make their way to the top of any organization. Now add
in the constant changes you face in terms of having to learn new software,
new routines, new ways of approaching the marketplace, and new ways of
serving constituents. You quickly see that living in an economic society, an
era in which we'll vigorously compete for scarce resources, adds to the
pressure in your life.
stress and anxiety people exhibit when competing for scarce resources, added
to personal challenges and changes they confront, yields a scenario in which
anyone is likely
key to mastering change now, and one that will grow in importance in the
future, is maintaining perspective--recognizing that relatively all career
professionals are up against the same hurdles as you. They understand that this generation of
professionals in particular is facing challenges unlike any generation before it.
who succeed learn to be resilient. They understand that, at last, economics
is at the root of all social interactions. They learn to compete
effectively, or better yet, create a niche so as to reduce the need to
compete. They also learn to take things in stride.
2000. Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC is a professional speaker and author. He has
been helping people in corporations, associations and government agencies
manage information and communication overload for over 16 years.
For life-changing, high-content presentations for your next event,
contact Jeff at 919-932-1996 www.BreathingSpace.com
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